Comptroller General of Immigration suspension to delay visa and permit processing in Nigeria

Due to the suspension of the Comptroller General of Immigration on August 21, 2015 by the Ministry of Interior, foreign nationals awaiting temporary work permit approvals and seeking consular services at Nigerian consular posts abroad may experience delays.  Additionally, due to reports of unauthorized visa issuance, business and visitor visa applicants from restricted areas, such as areas in the Middle East, will likely be subject to heightened scrutiny during the application process, which may also cause visa processing delays.

The Federal Government has appointed the most Senior Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration on an interim basis.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Employers and foreign nationals should note that there may be visa and permit processing delays at Nigerian consular posts around the world. Foreign nationals seeking visas and permits to Nigeria should file their applications early to avoid additional delays.

 

Courtesy of Fragomen.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK