The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has mentioned that each one Migrants whose allow or customer’s go expired earlier than twenty third March, 2020 would pay overstay penalty for the variety of days stayed earlier than the lockdown on twenty third March, 2020.
The NIS Comptroller-Basic, Mr Muhammad Babandede disclose this throughout a digital assembly with stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja, NAN studies.
Babandede mentioned the company has applied procedures for worldwide flights resumption and visa cost, including that the procedures have been consistent with Federal Authorities’s approval to start worldwide flight operations from Sept. 5.
He mentioned that Murtala Mohammed Worldwide Airports (MMIA) Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airports (NAIA) Abuja have been earlier authorised by the Minister of Inside, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the implementation.
This he mentioned, was with the vide letter Ref. No. MI/PM/16012/S.366/Vol.ll/ dated sixth April, 2020 on waiver for visa cost on account of COVID-19, closure of land borders and suspension of worldwide flights.
In line with him, the Service in train of its statutory mandate needs to implement as follows:
“All Migrants in Nigeria whose permits expired from twenty third March to fifth September, 2020 have extension.
“All migrants with proof of confirmed return tickets scheduled to journey in a foreign country have been to be issued with free extensions to allow them depart on or earlier than fifteenth September, 2020.
“All Migrants whose allow or customer’s go expired earlier than twenty third March, 2020 would pay overstay penalty for the variety of days stayed earlier than the lockdown on twenty third March, 2020.
“All resident Migrants, whose permits expired exterior the nation from twenty third March, 2020 shall be allowed entry into Nigeria with the expired permits on or earlier than twenty fifth September, 2020.
“Such returning holders of expired permits and their dependents are to resume the permits inside thirty days of arrival to Nigeria to keep away from sanctions underneath related Immigration legal guidelines.
“All migrants who processed funds for Visa on Arrival and different classes of visas from the Nigerian Missions earlier than twenty third March 2020, are to use for revalidation.
“This must be completed by importing copy of the earlier funds by way of [email protected] not later than fifteenth September, 2020.
“All migrants who obtained Visa on Arrival Pre-approval Letters and different classes of visas from the Nigerian Missions earlier than twenty third March, 2020, whose approvals/visas expired earlier than fifth September, 2020 are additionally to use for revalidation.
“That is with out recent funds however by importing copies of the expired pre-approval letters/visas by way of [email protected] not later than fifteenth September, 2020, ” he mentioned.
He additional said that the Service had equally activated Visa on Arrival and e-Visa cost portals to allow the intending migrants to Nigeria course of entry visas as from Sept. 5.
He mentioned that in a state of affairs the place migrants had obtained a Short-term Work Allow (TWP) approval and the Mission the place such visas have been to be issued have been closed, they need to submit the criticism by [email protected]
“These two Worldwide Airports, MMIA and NAIA are to start issuance of visas consistent with Nigeria Visa Coverage 2020 with impact from the interval of the opening of the designated Airports.
“Any violation will appeal to penalties,” he added.