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Visa on Arrival Application in Nigeria 2020 | Step by Step Process

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Visa on Arrival Application in Nigeria 2020 | Step by Step Process.

Visa on Arrival Nigeria: Nigeria Visa on Arrival can be defined as a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry.

The facility is offered to frequently travel investors and also intending visitors who may not be able to obtain a visa at the Nigerian Embassies in their countries due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.

Visa on Arrival Nigeria

Visa on Arrival is issued at the port of entry in Nigeria.

Eligibility

  • Frequently traveled Business Persons of International Repute
  • Executives of Multi-national Companies
  • Members of Government Delegations
  • Holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer
  • Holders of African Union Laissez-Passer,
  • Holders of ECOWAS Laissez-Passer,
  • Holders of any other Official travel documents of other recognized International Organizations who intend to visit Nigeria.

Documents For Business Visa

  • Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • Completed visa application form
  • Confirmation of online payment
  • 2 passport size pictures
  • Letter of invitation from Host company, in Nigeria, accepting full immigration and financial responsibility as well as stating the purpose of visit (and duration of stay)
  • Letter of introduction from the applicant’s company or organization
  • Holders of non–U.S passports must provide proof of legal residency (photocopy of a green card, resident visa, work permit or necessary visa page).

Documents For Tourist Visa

  • Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • Completed visa application form
  • Confirmation of online payment
  • 2 passport size pictures
  • Letter of invitation from Host accepting full immigration responsibility
  • Data page of Host passport,
  • Confirmed hotel reservation, if the applicant is not staying with Host
  • Valid return airline ticket.
  • Evidence of funds to cover stay in Nigeria (letter from bank etc.)
  • Holders of non–U.S passports must provide proof of legal residency (photocopy of green card).

How to Apply for Visa on Arrival

1. Get Visa on Arrival Approval Letter

There are two methods to obtaining VoA approval letter: applying through email or in person or application by a representative in Nigeria.

a. Applying through Email

Applicant/Representative are expected to write an Application Letter to The Comptroller General of Immigration, NIS HQ, Abuja stating the following via this email address: [email protected]

  • Name of Applicant indicating Nationality
  • Passport number of Applicant
  • Purpose of visit
  • Proposed date of visit
  • Proposed port of entry
  • Flight itinerary
  • Address in Nigeria or Hotel Reservation

Attach the following documents:

  • Copy of Passport Data Page
  • Copy of Airline Return ticket reservation

Note: After Approval, a letter will be forwarded to your email with a copy sent to the Airline stated in your application and Immigration port of entry.

b. Applying through your representative in Nigeria

1. Contact your Representative (Business partners, Company Representative, Protocol/Liaison Officer, etc.) in Nigeria.

2. The Representative files a formal request for Visa on Arrival Approval on your behalf by writing an application letter to The Comptroller General of Immigration, NIS HQ, Abuja stating the following:

  • Name of Applicant indicating Nationality, Passport number of visitor
  • Purpose of visit
  • Proposed date of visit
  • Proposed port of entry
  • Proposed airline
  • Flight itinerary
  • Address in Nigeria
  • Email address of the visitor
  • Acceptance of Immigration Responsibility

3. The representative shall attach the following documents in support of the application

  • Copy of visitor’s passport data page
  • Copy of Airline Return ticket Reservation

Note: After Approval Letter is obtained, (Hard Copy) by your representative, copies of the same document will be forwarded to the Airline stated in the application and Immigration port of entry.

2. Pay for Visa on Arrival

Fill in the application form with your correct details and make payment online.

Online Payment may also be made at the point of arrival subject to presentation of Visa on Arrival Approval Letter. Master Card, Visa, and American Express card are acceptable.

3. Arrive at the Port of Entry and proceed for Immigration Clearance

Upon arrival at the Port of Entry, proceed to the desk marked ‘Visa on Arrival’ for the issuance of entry Visa. Present the following documents in hard copy at the Port of Entry:

  • Visa Approval Letter (Pre-approved visa letter), valid for 14 days from the date of issuance
  • Evidence of online payment
  • Valid Passport with a minimum of six months validity
  • Valid return ticket
  • Two recent passports sized photographs

The request shall be processed and an approval letter issued within 48hrs (2 working days).

CSN Team

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