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Immigration Introduces Online Visa on Arrival Platform for Foreign Investors



Muhammad Babandede, NIS Comptroller-General

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced the introduction of a liberalised online Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility to the public, especially foreign investors willing to invest in Nigeria.

The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, made the announcement on Thursday in Abuja.

Babandede said that‎ the measure was part of the resolution of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) aimed at attracting foreign investors to the country.

“‎As a critical member of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), the NIS has automated its visa application and processing services at all entry points. This is to ensure that all genuine requests for Visa on Arrival facility from any part of the world are processed and issued within 48 hours (two working days),” he said.

He explained that the‎ online VOA application and processing facility is a product of robust visa reforms regime intended to bring Nigeria in tandem with global best practices and attract Foreign Direct Investors and skilled professionals into the country.

The comptroller-general said that the new process was‎ designed to eliminate all unnecessary bureaucratic visa processing procedures in Nigerian Missions abroad.

He said it was also to serve the interests of would-be visitors from countries where Nigeria does not have a Mission.‎

He said that‎ ‎a dedicated e-mail address [email protected] had been deployed where visa applicants, their representatives or companies could forward their requests and details.

Babandede said that‎ applicants were advised to use functional e-mail addresses where copies of approval letter shall be forwarded upon a successful process and payment.‎

‘’Applicants are, however, to note that successful payment online is not an approval and should not proceed to Nigeria until you have received ‘Visa on Arrival Approval letter’ duly issued by the NIS Headquarters, Abuja,” he added.‎

He said that a VOA desk had been opened at all international airports in the country where visas would be issued upon the presentation of all the necessary travel documents and evidence of visa payment.

The NIS boss expressed optimism that the VOA process and the introduction of the harmonised arrival and departure cards would go a long way in attracting investors to the country.


  1. LOL

    March 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Charity begins at home!
    Get your priorities in order by stocking up, printing or doing whatever is needed to meet the demands of YOUR CITIZENS applying for Nigerian passports.
    Currently a 3 to 4 month waiting period for applicants applying at your UK High Commission. Ridiculous and very frustrating. I will save the details of the complex, frustrating, time consuming, duplicative and bureaucratic application process for another day.

    • PD Young Billionaire

      March 24, 2017 at 4:02 am

      …and I wonder why the validity of Nigerian passports can’t be 10 years.It’s annoying having to renew every 5 years.

  2. Anne

    March 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Maybe they need money from investors to begin charity at home. Although they don’t need money to change their attitude. There is a rude guy in the embassy in ATL. He is so rude and most Nigers know him.

  3. jirla

    March 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    an improvement !

  4. blackbeatle

    March 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    well done ..this is very good news

  5. Kenny

    March 23, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    This is dangerous, I understand the urgency to encourage investors, on the other hand, we live in a dangerous world, that requires the urgent vetting of would be travelers. The Nigerian government should figure out a to provide security and protect folks who bring in their hard earned cash to invest, I think thats the first step. Let me suggest a couple of things, as a would be investor, (1) Security (2) fix the justice system so when investors coming, they will be rest assured, their investment is protected. (3) Fix infrastructure. (4) Figure out how to lunch a campaign to change the mind set of young Nigerians, stealing, fraud or lying will NEVER lead Nigerians anywhere. An average investor perceive Nigerian as encouraging criminals and the government is NOTHING to fix this. My hope is that the Nigerian government fix this like NOW.

  6. o

    March 24, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I hear there’s this scarcity of passport booklets. Which way NIS????

  7. More info

    March 24, 2017 at 4:46 am

    No information on the cost of this service. I definitely will pick this any day over taking my baby to queue for hours at the UK high commission.

  8. Tunde

    March 24, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Greatest jokes of the century , Nigeria don’t even have a working website in south Africa that can update there citizens about there passport collection .. people waiting for more than 8 months just to collect passport . They can’t even take care of there own citizens they are talking about online visas application for investors, well said charity begins at home Naija .

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