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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

FG LAUNCHES NEW VISA POLICY: Creates New Visa Categories For Ease Of Doing Business, Dual Citizens In Diaspora To Use Foreign Passport To Enter Nigeria

The Nigeria Federal Government has officially launched the Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP)2020.
The Visa Policy which is coming on the heels of the signing of the African Continental Free trade agreement a treaty seeking to establish a continent-wide market place with increased trade and freer movement among its major Economic powers, has as its objective in strengthening Nigeria’s Position as a key economy in Africa by attracting more foreign direct investment into the country’s economy which will, in turn, provide jobs.
Briefing StateHouse Correspondents after the launch at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa Abuja, Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said operation of the new Visa Policy is cardinal to the ease of doing business in Nigeria and will further enhance The Nations security architecture and open Nigeria to more foreign business.
He added that the new visa policy which is also part of the economic recovery and growth plan (2017-2020) will boost Tourism, Aviation, entertainment, commerce and other areas where Nigeria has comparative Advantage over other African Countries.


According to the interior minister, the New Visa Policy will also present Nigeria with the opportunity to apply the principle of reciprocity with her visa policy in the Nation’s Bilateral and Multilateral Relations.
The policy also makes it possible for Nigerians in Diaspora with dual citizenship to be able to make use of the Passport of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for short stay Visa.
Aregbesola assured Nigerians that the new visa Policy will not compromise National security in anyway as adequate control measures have been provided before and after entry into the country.

The statement reads in full :

PRESS RELEASE

FG LAUNCHES NEW VISA POLICY: Creates new visa categories for Ease of Doing Business

The Federal Government has officially launched the Nigerian Visa Policy (NVP) 2020. This enhanced visa policy by Nigeria, one of Africa’s key economies and demography, comes on the back of the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, a treaty seeking to establish a continent-wide marketplace with increased trade and freer movement among its major economic powers. The objective of the reforms that have birthed NVP 2020 is to strengthen Nigeria’s position as a key economy in Africa by attracting more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country’s economy which would in turn provide jobs for the people and lift Nigeria’s teeming population out of poverty in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to take 100million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

NVP 2020 is also designed to support the attainment of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017 -2020) and is a pathway to achieving the Security, Economy and Transparency (SET) Agenda of the present Administration.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola while speaking at the launch of the NVP 2020 at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday 4th February 2020, stated that its operation is cardinal to the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria. The new visa regime is expected to boost economic activities in the areas of tourism, aviation, entertainment, commerce and other areas where Nigeria has comparative advantage over other African countries. It also presents Nigeria with the opportunity to apply the principle of reciprocity with her visa policy in the nation’s bilateral and multilateral relations.

“The NVP 2020 introduces special visas for Nigerians in diaspora who either by birth, marriage or nationalization have assumed dual citizenship. Such category of Nigerians will now be able to make use of the passports of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for short stay visa”, he said. The Minister expressed the commitment of his Ministry to the implementation of the NPV 2020 in view of its supervisory role on the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola assured that the NIS would adhere to the published conditions of issuance of visas in a professional, timely and transparent manner. He assured that NIS would invest heavily in the training of the officers and men that will be charged with the responsibility of processing visas in all our visa issuing centers and passport control at our points of entry. The Minister emphasized that NIS would also work with all stakeholders within and outside Nigeria to ensure that the policy is not abused and the security of Nigeria and indeed other countries is not compromised.

“The implementation of the NVP 2020 will not compromise national security as adequate control measures have been provided both before and after entry into Nigeria”, the Minister stressed. While encouraging Nigerians in Diaspora to respect the provisions of the immigration laws of their new countries as well as those of Nigeria, the Minister congratulated the Nigeria Immigration Service for the landmark policy and also invited all prospective visitors, investors and residents to a new and refreshing experience in Nigeria and with Nigeria Immigration Service.

“The implementation of the NPV2020 will require collaboration with several MDAs involved in diplomacy, trade, investment, education, tourism, manufacturing, monetary policies, security, intelligence and many more”, the Minister reiterated.

Some of the features of NVP 2020 include, Visa On Arrival for African Union nationals, increase in the classes of visas from 6 to 75, creation of visa codes for all classes of visa and introduction of e-visas.

The benefits of the new NVP 2020 are many. It presents a good opportunity for Nigeria to be a major consideration for investment in Africa and hosting of international events particularly the ones scheduled to hold in Africa. It also serves as a major boost for Nigeria’s aviation, entertainment and tourism industries.

The new visa policy is expected to take Nigeria some steps up in the Africa Visa Openness Report published annually by the African Development Bank (AfDB) which would be a further boost on the global Ease Of Doing Business league table.

Mrs. Grace Njoku

Chief Information Officer

For: Director, Press and Public Relations

26 comments:

  1. This's a good move. It will stop the immigration from throwing embarrassing questions or why you're not traveling with your Nigerian passport.To renew your green passport is a big deal in Nigeria and abroad.Now Nigeria is getting things done. Thanks to the federal government, thanks to PMB and thanks to Rauf.

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  2. Please note that other national passport holders who are Nigerians by birth still need to apply for Short Visit Visa (F9A) valid for 90 days and not eligible for employment. Although they will only pay 50% of the visa fee.

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    1. That's not what the statement said or is this your own interpretation

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  3. This new visa policy is a big deal for us Nigerian living abroad and it will transform Nigeria to a greater height. God Bless Nigeria.

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  4. This is a good development. Thank you very much Mr. President for approving this. God Bless Nigeria.

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  5. Commendable especially as no fees attracted for dual citizen Naijas in diaspora. But fingers crossed it remains permanent visa/fee free & not for another govt to come in & scrap.

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  6. This a great one on a right direction a specially in the area of security. God will see Nigeria through.

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  7. This is my story copied from www.bentelevision.com. I am not against story but the source should be acknowledge. This plagiarism

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  8. There is no explanation of the mechanics of the process. Is it as simple as the immigration officer stamping a Visa to the passport at the airport or demanding that the visitor drops off the passport at the airport and comeback for it at a later date? No visitor will be willing to drop his or her passport with anybody at the airport. Experience tells that even at the embassy people's passports get missing and no accountability. If visitors Visa is not stamped there and then then it is a ruse.

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    1. You are right. It should be stamped at the point of entry. Nobody with an iota of sense will be willing to drop their foreign passport with any Nigerian agency. Impossible.

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    2. Why do u people like to create problems where there's none the message is very clear, it says u can come in with ur adopted country visa its normal they will stamp u in and out so what else are u insinuating collecting ur passport or what at the point of entry haba!!.

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  9. The unveiling of the new visa policy will give more ease to visitors into the country with more visa categories introduced. It is also the FG purpose to encourage more investments in the country by implementing a simpler visa requirements.

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  11. Useless information no explanation on how this will work. You are not a Nigerian unless you apply to be a citizen of Nigeria, through whatever immigration process Reading from the above , none of this is mentioned in the article except for the headlines .If my name is Michael Johnson, holding a New Zealand passport. Born in Auckland by Nigerian parents. How is the immigration man at Abuja airport supposed to know that I'm a Nigerian.?

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    1. You are not actually a nigerian unless you apply for it.

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    2. So true as one would apply to be an American.

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    3. U have a different case man if you're a Nigeria by birth outside the country to prove you're a Nigeria u must be able to speak one of the major languages fluently or better still have ur Nigeria passport with u to prove is as simple as that.

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    4. You need Nigerian passport to support your Zealand passport

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  12. Overall, this is a welcome development, but fingers crossed on how it would go smoothly as it sounds on the paper

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  13. Does this waiver apply to all Nigerians with dual citizenship from diaspora. Or could it just apply to Nigerians coming from African countries.And when will this waiver start. Pls help to clarify

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  14. That's a good point. A step guide as to how this is meant to work should be made available. Nigerian 'operatives' are known for taking advantage of unclear situations.

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  15. Not clear. Does any Nigerian citizen and also a nationalized American citizen need a Visa to come to Nigeria ?

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  16. Going to Nigeria from the USA, you still need to hold a Nigerian passport if your blue American passport has no Nigerian Visa. Otherwise, you will have problem with the airlfters.

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  17. What if my Nigerian passport expired but my UK passport is valid can I still travel to Nigeria with visa free

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