Nigeria: National Identification Number required for residence permit renewals

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced that, effective  January 1, 2018, a National Identification Number (NIN) is required in order to issue an international passport or residence permit. Upon enrolment in the National Identity Database, the NIN will be issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

NIMC staff will be deployed to NIS and other government offices to support enrolment and the issuance of NINs. The NIMC will record applicants’ personal data, fingerprints, a head-to-shoulder facial picture and a digital signature.

Full details of the implementation of this new policy will be announced shortly.

Key Considerations

Crown World Mobility advises employers to ensure the NIN is applied for prior to January 1, 2018 for foreign nationals legally residing in Nigeria. Without a NIN a long-term work and residence permit cannot be renewed and the individual will have to leave the country.

Crown World Mobility advises foreign nationals applying for an initial long-term work and residence permits in Nigeria to apply for the NIN as part of the immigration process.

Disclaimer/ Contact

For further information, please contact Michele Giordani, Regional Immigration Manager EMEA.