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How to Apply for a Nigerian Passport

How to Apply for a Nigerian Passport

Applying for a Nigerian passport can be a straightforward process as long as you follow the necessary steps and have the required documents. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to apply for a Nigerian Passport.

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Requirements for Applying for a Nigerian Passport

Requirements for Applying for a Nigerian Passport

  • Completed Application Form: Obtain and fill out the Nigerian passport application form. The form can be obtained online or at the nearest Immigration office.
  • Birth Certificate or Age Declaration: Provide a valid birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission or a court affidavit indicating your date and place of birth.
  • Local Government Identification: Obtain a local government identification letter or certificate issued by your local government council.
  • Proof of Citizenship: Present a valid Nigerian National Identification Number (NIN) or Nigerian voter’s card. If you don’t have either, you can provide a valid driver’s license or an old Nigerian passport.
  • Two Recent Passport Photographs: Submit two color passport photographs with a white background. The photographs should be taken within the last six months.
  • Guarantor’s Form: Obtain the Guarantor’s Form from any Nigerian Immigration Service office or their website. It must be filled out and signed by a Nigerian citizen who holds a valid Nigerian passport.
  • Payment: Pay the applicable passport processing fee through the designated bank or online portal. The fee depends on the type of passport and the processing time chosen.
  • Supporting Documents: Provide additional supporting documents such as a marriage certificate (if applicable), deed poll or marriage dissolution documents (if applicable), and proof of payment for any previous lost or damaged passports.
  • Parental Consent (for minors): If the applicant is below 18 years old, a consent letter signed by both parents or legal guardians is required.
  • Acknowledgment Slip and Collection: After submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgment slip indicating the date you can collect your passport. Return on the specified date to collect your passport.

How to Apply for a Nigerian Passport

Step 1: Visit the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Website

The first step to applying for a Nigerian passport is to visit the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) website. On the homepage, click on the “Passport” tab and select “Standard e-passport.”

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Step 2: Complete the application form

Once you have selected “Standard e-passport,” click on “Start Application” and complete the application form. You will need to provide personal information such as your name, address, and contact information.

Step 3: Pay the processing fee

After completing the application form, you will be prompted to pay the processing fee. The fee depends on the type of passport you are applying for and the processing time. You can pay the fee online using a debit card or credit card.

Step 4: Book an appointment

Once you have paid the processing fee, you can book an appointment at the NIS office. The appointment will be for biometric data capture and a passport photograph.

Step 5: Attend your appointment

On the day of your appointment, arrive at the NIS office with all the required documents. The required documents include your application form, payment confirmation slip, two recent passport photographs, and a copy of your guarantor’s passport.

Step 6: Collect your passport

After your biometric data capture and passport photograph, you will receive an acknowledgment slip with a collection date. On the collection date, return to the NIS office to collect your passport.

Applying for a Nigerian passport is a straightforward process as long as you follow the necessary steps and have the required documents. Remember to book an appointment and arrive at the NIS office with all the required documents.

 

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