Nigerian Immigration reopens passport application portal




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ABUJA (Press Release) – The Comptroller General of the Immigration Service (CGI), Muhammad Babandede MFR, has announced the reopening of the Passport and portal effective 8th June 2021 by 12 midnight to allow eligible Passport applicants to apply and make payments for the various categories of Passports of their choice.

2. The Passport portal was closed following the directives of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on the 17th of May, 2021to afford the Service the opportunity to clear all backlogs of applications have piled up across Issuing Centres in the past few months.

3.  With the reopening of the portal, a new Passport and regime has commenced. the new Passport regime;

i. applications and payments for Passport shall be made through the Service website www.immigration.gov.ng;
ii. applicants are expected to visit the portal to apply and upload their support documents for vetting and processing;
iii. a chat room facility to guide applicants through the and process has been provided on the portal;.
iv. upon successful applications, applicants shall make their booking interview/enrollment appointment on any day, time and location they consider convenient;
v. the new timeline for Passport production and issuance after a successful enrollment at the selected Issuing Centre shall be six weeks for Fresh applications and three weeks for Re-issue (Renewal applications);
vi. no applicant who is yet to make application and payment shall be allowed into any of the Passport Issuing Centres for Passport processing;
vii. applicants will be contacted through email and they provided during application when their Passports are ready;
viii. a help line with 08021819988 has been provided for feedback mechanism on any challenges.

4. The Comptroller General, Muhammad Babandede MFR wishes to this medium to call on and indeed Passport applicants to avoid patronizing touts as the entire process has been made seamless for effective and efficient service delivery. He warned Passport racketeers to desist acts capable of undermining the reform efforts to avoid very strict .

         
Signed

AMOS OKPU MNIPR
ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER OF IMMIGRATION
SERVICE PUBLIC OFFICER
For: COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION
8TH JUNE, 2021