As the largest market in Africa and the most populous black nation in the world, Nigeria offers immense investment opportunities to prospective investors and presents enormous and unique prospects for foreign businesses. With flourishing energy, telecoms and agricultural sectors and a renewed focus to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, Nigeria is fast becoming the preferred investment destination
Following the successful installation of necessary equipment at various international airports, some state Commands of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the NIS headquarters, the Nigerian Immigration Service has announced, via a circular dated 6th of October, 2015,
The Nigerian Immigration Act Cap 171, LFN 2004 and the Immigration Regulations made thereunder contain provisions for the employment of expatriates in Nigeria. Section 8 of the Immigration Act provides that any foreigner seeking employment or work permit in Nigeria must obtain the consent of the Comptroller General of Immigration. This consent is issued in the form of an Expatriate Quota (EQ).
The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has announced the abolition of Re-entry visas for Expatriates living and working in Nigeria and who possess the Combined Expatriate Residency Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC). View Attachment.
The Nigerian Immigration Service recently announced, via circular dated 11th February 2015, the abolition of re-entry visas for Expatriates who are in possession of the Combined Expatriate Residency Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC). The abolition effectively annulled the requirement for the stamping of re-entry visas to enable such Expatriates exit and re-enter the country
The principal legislation governing immigration practice in Nigeria is the Immigration Act 1963 and the two regulations made pursuant to the Act, namely the Immigration Regulations andImmigration (Control of Aliens) Regulations.
The Act controls the immigration of expatriates into Nigeria and provides for the grant of relevant entry permits as stipulated in Act. The administration of the Immigration Act falls within the jurisdiction of the FederalMinistry of Interior, with support provided by the NigerianInvestment Promotion Commission and other related government agencies (the Corporate Affairs Commission,Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency etc.). However, theNigerian Immigration Service, an agency under the FederalMinistry of Interior, is the main government agency charged with the responsibility of regulating and approving the immigration and emigration of expatriates and granting visas and entry permits into Nigeria.
Are you planning to hire Expatriates for installation, maintenance, after-sales-services or any other short term assignment in Nigeria? The Nigerian Immigration Regulations provide for the hire of expatriates on a short term basis to carry out short-term assignments. Companies, Firms and Organizations wishing to go this route are required to process a Temporary Work Permit for the identified expatriate enabling him/her to be admitted into Nigeria to carry out the assignments stated in the approving document. Herewith are frequently asked questions and answers with respect to short term work permits.
The availability of adequate and apposite manpower is an important component for achieving national, corporate and individual goals. Sometimes, the requisite skills are not available locally and companies find it inevitable to hire expatriates to bridge the skills gap. Though with attendant capital flight implications and a contributory factor to unemployment, the employment of expatriates in Nigeria is inevitable in within certain sectors of the economy. As a growing economy with huge infrastructural deficit, Nigerian has come to depend on foreign enterprises and expertise to provide critical infrastructure that will contribute to national development
In furtherance to the Government’s initiative to streamline the ease of doing business in Nigeria and to guarantee easy entry to genuine business visitors into Nigeria, the Immigration Act 2015 allows persons seeking business opportunities in Nigeria or invited to Nigeria to attend business meetings, conferences and symposia to travel to Nigeria without the regular business visa procured at the various Nigerian embassies abroad
The role of government is to promote the welfare as well as the social and economic wellbeing of the citizenry. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended provides in Section 16(2) that the State shall direct its policies towards ensuring the promotion of a planned and balanced economic development. Indeed, legislation is a veritable tool to promoting the ideals and objectives of governance and ensuring that strategic objectives are met and exceeded