Nigeria – Dependents of Foreign Nationals Are Required to Have Their Passports Endorsed

What has changed

Effective May 1, 2015, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has issued a directive that requires Foreign Nationals with valid Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) to ensure that their dependent’s international passports are duly endorsed with the appropriate stamp.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All foreign nationals who intend to secure a Long Term Work Permit/Residence Permit for Nigeria and their accompanying dependents.

Dependent’s international passports are usually requested for inspection at various ports of entries upon entry and exit. In order to ensure compliance with the new directive, dependent’s passports must be duly endorsed. A strict penalty is applicable for non-compliance.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • CERPAC holders must ensure that their dependent’s passport is appropriately endorsed in order to stay compliant and avoid fines.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.