Nigerian Immigration Permits
Nigeria is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies and offers many job and business prospects in the thriving oil industry. Other sectors also include manufacturing, agriculture, journalism and more. The process for obtaining Nigerian immigration permits is an intricate procedure and seeking the correct assistance is paramount.
At Visafrican we specialize in all African visas and permits and can assist you to obtain your Nigerian immigration permits. If you are a qualified individual looking to expand your business within Nigeria then here’s what you need to know about visas and permits.
Nigeria has three kinds of categories of business visas/permits
1) Business visa – is valid for 3 months exclusively to South African citizens, and 12 months for citizens of other countries.
- The visa needs to be applied for by the applicant in their country of origin, duration is about 5 working days.
- We will then collect the said documentation and submit it on behalf of the applicant.
- The visa is only viable for business meetings.
2) Temporary work permit (TWP) – is valid for x3 months and can be extended for another x3 months (2ce)
- The TWP is valid for a short period of time to allow the applicant to work in the country in any industry.
- Our partner facilitates the application for a cablegram for the Nigerian Immigration Comptroller.
- Cablegram takes an estimate of 3 weeks, once received the applicant must have the original document couriered to him/her.
- As soon as the cablegram is received, we will then facilitate the applicant to apply for their visa within their country of origin.
- After submission the applicant could wait around 2 weeks for the entire process.
3) STR and CERPAC – complies and is subject to regulation and combined expatriate residence and alien card. This is provided in a 2 stage process that allows the individual to work in the country for 1 – 2 years with option to renew.
- Long-term work permits will require us to apply for a Quota from the Immigrations Directorate. The Quota will be industry and title specific.
- This Quota will be applied for by our partner and will take an estimate of 3 weeks.
- Once the Quota is received we will courier the applicant’s country of origin and then arrange for submission of the STR at the Nigerian Embassy in the applicant’s country of origin.
- STR visas takes an estimate of 2 weeks to process
- The purpose of the STR is to regularise the visa into CERPAC. The visa is valid for 3 months only.
- Once the applicant arrives in Nigeria, a meeting will be arranged with our partner to submit the CERPAC (this is the long term work and residence permits. The applicant must apply for the CERPAC within 3 months else the STR will become null and void.
- Processing the CERPAC will take about 6 weeks in Nigeria.
If the applicant applies for the work permit under our partner entity within Nigeria, the fees incurred will be high and will provide for management services which includes payroll, payslips, professional indemnity, and personal liability insurance, tax payments, and social security. Applicant may choose to open a bank account in Nigeria or make use of their expat bank.
If AFGRI decides to apply for a work permit under an entity nominated in Nigeria, by the applicant or the Ministry of Agriculture chooses to directly employ the applicant, we are still able to assist with facilitating payroll.
Other visas include
- Visitors Tourists and Transit Visa
- Business, Education and Religious Visas
Contact Visafrican and let our highly skilled professionals guide you in your process of obtaining your Nigerian immigration permits.