The Nigerian Immigration Service has made it easy to get a new passport in just two weeks through the newly-launched special diaspora fast-track passport renewal programme.
According to the Ministry of Interior, this programme will run from the 12th of December 2022 to 31 January 2023.
What’s more? You can travel to Nigeria even if your passport is expired and renew it once you arrive.
So, if you’re looking to renew your Nigerian passport during your visit this Christmas season, here’s how:
Step 1 – Register online through the online registration portal
Log in to the passport application portal online and apply here. The application process includes making payment for your preferred passport type via approved payment platforms.
Step 2- Visit the Diaspora Desk at any international airport in Nigeria
On arrival into Nigeria via any of the international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt, locate the diaspora desk and provide your application details.
You will then be given a fast-track letter (this letter overrides the date on your online application, so no panicking) to any passport office of your choice.
Step 3 – Capture Your biometric information
Visit your preferred passport office between Monday and Wednesday. Once you get there, your biometrics, including your photo and fingerprints, will be captured, and your passport will be produced and ready in two weeks.
Also, note that you will need your National Identification Number (NIN) for your passport application. You are also to ensure that your personal information in the passport application matches the information on the NIN and vice versa; otherwise, the process cannot be completed.
Meanwhile, Passport Offices will be opened on Saturdays to support the operations. The offices will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from December 3, 2022 to January 28, 2023, as part of a special arrangement to ramp up passport production in support of efforts by the Federal Ministry of Interior and NIS to clear the backlog of applications for the issuance of the enhanced Nigerian international e-Passport.