The Nigerian International passport is an important document that is issued to Nigerian citizens. It is tendered when travelling to other countries. Your International passport is also an important document for identification. It is well received in banks and anywhere else when you do not have a valid Id card to present.
(UPDATE) ENSURE A SPECIMEN OF THE NEW PASSPORT HAS BEEN SENT TO THE COUNTRY YOU ARE TRAVELLING TO
A lady was detained in Dubai by the Dubai Immigration Service. They couldn’t recognize the new Nigerian passport which she was recently issued at the Nigerian immigration office. Apparently the Nigerian Immigration Office had no sent them a specimen in Dubai. Hence she was treated like a criminal, held for days without food while her sister scramble round Dubai’s embassy to get help. If they can ignore doing the appropriate thing for a country with high Nigerian traffic such as Dubai, imagine if you are traveling to a country that Nigerians don’t frequent as often. Ensure a specimen has been sent so you don’t rot in jail. Thankfully the said lady traveled with her sister who had the old recognized passport so she could run around to get a letter from the Nigerian Embassy.
(UPDATE) THE NEW NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT
The Nigerian immigration office has introduced new booklets with varying validity periods.
CURRENT “OFFICIAL” COST OF OBTAINING THE NEW INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT IS
5 Year Validity Period
32 page—————— N15,000
64 page—————— N25,000
10 Year Validity Period
32 page————– N35,000
64 page————– N70,000
Passport Renewal Nigeria.
So how do you get and even do your Passport Renewal in Nigeria?
I will be honest with you. There are two routes you can ply if you intend to get an international passport.
There is the ONLINE process of application and the OFFLINE process of application.
The first one is the ONLINE process where you visit the Nigerian immigration portal here https://portal.immigration.gov.ng to apply for your passport.
The Process of Applying for An International Passport Online in Nigeria
This is the process for applying ONLINE.
You will require a processing fee of N15,000
You also need to have the following documents.
1. Birth Certificate (Or sworn affidavit if you do not have one)
2. Two recent passport photographs.
3. Passport Application form (Completed on the immigration portal and printed)
4. Payment slip
5. Driver’s License
Once you have all the needed documents, proceed to the homepage of the online portal of the Nigerian Immigration; specifically https://portal.immigration.gov.ng
1. Click on the e-passport tab to start the process.
2. Choose your preferred passport type.
3. Choose your processing country.
4. Fill the form meticulously.
5. Upload the scanned copies of your required documents.
6. Choose your preferred method and pay.
The Second Route for Getting an International Passport is the More Popular route of applying OFFLINE. You get an immigration officer who becomes your agent. You pay to him/her, submit your documents, and he fast-tracks the process. A lot of people have been frustrated and almost given up when following the online process of application hence they go through this means. The downside is you may be opening yourself to fraudsters who will rip you off.
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HOW TO RENEW YOUR NIGERIAN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT
Renewal of your passport becomes necessary when you have exhausted the booklet that was earlier issued to you on application.
This is the process and fee for renewing your international passport in Nigeria.
You need to provide the exhausted booklet
2. You need a renewal fee of N20,000.
3. 2 recent passport photographs (white background).
How Much Does It Take to Renew Your International Passport in Nigeria
Has stated earlier, it “officially” takes N20,000 to renew your international passport in Nigeria. However , you may need to part with more money depending on who does it for you.
Nigerian Passport Number Format
One of the times you need to know what the Nigerian Passport Number Format i s when applying for Visa. The Nigerian Passport Number Format is like this- It is made up of 8 figures and one alphabet.You will find your number at the top right hand of your passport.
CAN I Renew my Nigerian Passport Before it Expires?
Yes. You don’t have to wait for your Nigerian Passport to expire.Simply go ahead as soon as the validity period expiration date is closing in
Nigerian Passport Application Form (PDF)
To download the pdf formart of the Nigerian passport application form, visit https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/estandard
HOW TO GET A NEW INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT WHEN YOURS IS LOST OR STOLEN
If you have lost or misplaced your international passport, you need to apply at the Nigerian Immigration head office in Abuja.
You would provide the same documents as those needed to renew your passport.
In addition to that, you also need to provide a police report (as proof that it was stolen or misplaced.)
Nigerian Passport Application Status
To check your passport application status, all you need is your Passport Application ID & Your Passport Reference NUmber.
Then visit this link
https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/visa/OnlineQueryStatus or , input your details and click submit. You will instantly know what your passport application status is.