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NIS Give Directives to All its Passport Issuing Centres Over Existing Backlog of Applications, New Applications & Passport Renewals.

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Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has directed all its passport issuing centres across the country to clear all the existing backlog of applications on or before 31st of May, 2021.

NIS disclosed this today in a post shared on microblogging and social networking platform, Twitter.

Hotnewsinnaija.com had earlier reported that the interior minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has given the service May 31 ultimatum to clear all backlogs of international passports and the service has now directed all its passport issuing centres to work towards the stipulated time.

NIS in a series of tweets posted on his official Twitter handle, @nigimmigration, ordered its passport issuing centres to clear all backlogs on or before May 31. The service also declared that requests for Fresh and/or Reissue of passport would not be entertained with effect from 18th May 2021-31st May 2021 in all Centres except for locations in the Missions abroad.

NIS also disclosed that its passport issuing centres have already been sending notifications of passport collection to applicants who supplied functional phone numbers during their applications.

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The service declared that the application and processing regime for a new Passport shall commence by 1st June 2021. They also urged all  prospective applicants and existing holders who are looking forward to renewing their expired passports to follow all the critical features of the reform which include, applicants, shall:

  • Book interview/appointment after a successful online application;
  •  That no applicants who have not booked online appointment shall be attended to;
  • That no cash payment to anyone shall be entertained in any Issuing Centre;
  • That Passport application processing and issuance shall take six weeks after a successful enrollment;
  • That requests for reissue can be submitted six months before expiration.

NIS concluded its statement, reiterated that its centres are working hard to resolve all backlog applications. They also appealed to all applicants who have been waiting to bear with them as their passport would be available for collection soon.

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