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FG to extend Validity Period of International Passports to 10 years

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Muhammad Babandede

Muhammad Babandede

Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has said that the President Buhari administration is considering extending validity period for international passports from its current 5 years to 10 years.

According to PREMIUM TIMES, Babandede said this to reporters in his office on Saturday. He added that the announcement will be made in the coming months.

“We have submitted a memo to the president and we believe we’ll get a positive response to that soon,” Babandede said.

He said that this development is in response to several complaints from Nigerians and the international community.

“We have received complaints that passports only take five years. The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years. They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that.

We need to make sure that we have age validity expansion. For example, in some places in the world, they say if you’re below the age of 18, you can have five-year validity passport. But if you’re above the age of 18, you can have 10-year validity because your physical features may not change again within 10 years,” he said.

International Passport validity was reduced from 10 years to 5 years on Jult 27, 2007 when the e-passport was adopted.

15 Comments

  1. Teefah

    November 21, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This is a welcome development. The 5 year validity introduced a couple of years ago made ZERO sense except as an income generator for immigration services. Abeg scrap it and make it 10 years!

  2. beauty

    November 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

    It’s not like this idea isn’t a good one, but i’m a bit taken aback by this his statement “We have received complaints that passports only take five years. The international community is not happy, wondering why passports will only be five years. They’re saying it should be 10 years and we’re already considering that” Why would the international community have a problem with something in our country and suggest that it is changed and immediately we try to change it. Has the international community ever changed anything because we weren’t comfortable with it?

    • MJ Junior

      November 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      I’m sure by International community he meant ‘Nigerians abroad’

  3. LEM

    November 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

    @Beauty, I’m thinking perhaps the ‘international community’ means Nigerians in the Diaspora? Imagine the stress they go through having to change passports every 5 years.

  4. Marlvina

    November 21, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Finally! It’s been considered. Good move.

  5. Rubynnia

    November 21, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Pheeeeeeeeeeeeew!

    What a great relief!

  6. Nene

    November 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

    This is really good news. With everything going on, I thought they would reduce it to 2yrs so they can make more money from us. Nigeria is the only country with a very short passport expiry date.

  7. Idomagirl

    November 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

    FINALLY.

  8. MJ Junior

    November 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    The implentation of this idea will be a great move by the Nigerian immigration service!
    Now Nigerians no longer have to go through stress of coming to the country just to renew their passports!

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  9. Big Tee

    November 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Please oo, when the validity is extended, they should also increase the number pages.

    • EagleEye

      November 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      There’s already a 64 page jumbo passport available….

  10. AJ

    November 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Why do we call it an “international passport”, do we have a local or national one? I’ve never understood this.

    • EagleEye

      November 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Me too!! LOOL surely a passport is a document used to cross borders between countries and not within the country!

  11. tunmi

    November 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    See, this is how it should be. There is no long grammar and no big grammar. And you guys also provided a reasonable justification. For those under 18, your face will change in 5 years. And for those over 18, it is reasonable to extend it a bit longer. Una well done oh

  12. wunmi

    November 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Waoooo dats a great idea which I blive d president will give a positive rrespond on it

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