Immigration Service Reopens Passport Application Portal To Nigerians

In the latest development, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced the reopening of the Passport application and payment portal effective 8 June.

The Nigeria Immigration Service had previously suspended the issuance of new passports between the 17th and 31st May 2021 to enable it to clear the present backlog.

Service Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu disclosed this in an announcement on Tuesday and stated that the portal will start to function at 12 midnight “to enable eligible passport applicants to apply and make payments for the various categories of passports of their choice”.

According to the statement, applications and payments for passport services shall be made via the Service website www.immigration.gov.ng. All applicants are also expected to go to the portal to apply and upload their required documents for vetting and processing.

Also, upon successful applications, applicants shall make their online reserving interview/enrollment appointment on any day, time, and location that would be convenient for them. The new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrollment at the selected Issuing Centre shall be six weeks for new applications and three weeks for re-issue (renewal applications).

“That no applicant who is yet to make an online application and payment shall be allowed into any of the Passport Issuing Centres for Passport processing; applicants will be contacted via email and telephone number they provided during application when their Passports are ready,” it said.

Passport applicants were cautioned to avoid patronizing touts as the procedure has been made seamless for effective and efficient service delivery.

Racketeers have been warned to desist from acts capable of undermining the ongoing reform efforts or be prepared to face stiff sanctions.

The Passport portal was closed following the directive of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on the 17th of May, 2021 to afford the Service the chance to clear the developing backlog of applications.

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