Nigeria: New Deadline and Guidance for National Identity Number Registration

Foreign nationals residing in Nigeria under a long-term work and residence permit must apply for a National Identity Number by January 1, 2018. Those who fail to register by January 1, 2018 will not be eligible for a Residence Permit.

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Sep 16, 2017
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Foreign nationals residing in Nigeria under a long-term work and residence permit must apply for a new National Identity Number (NIN). The government recently set January 1, 2018 as the deadline for registration for the NIN, instead of the originally-announced timeframe of on or after January 1, 2018. 

Those who fail to register by January 1, 2018 will not be eligible for a Residence Permit.

Registration Process

Companies with over 50 employees can invite immigration authorities to carry out registration on their premises. For smaller companies, individuals must appear in person at a designated office.

Documents required for registration include:

• Copy of Resident Permit (Green card); or receipt and temporary Green card; and • Copy of passport

Applicants will also be required to submit biometrics.

Background

NIN registration is part of an ongoing government initiative to coordinate databases across government bodies, to facilitate business in the country, and to identify recipients of government services. This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to Africainfo@fragomen.com.

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