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Immigration kick-starts e-registration of foreigners in Lagos


Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babadede

The Assistant Controller General of Immigration and Zonal Coordinator in charge of Zone A, Ikeja, Lagos, Muhammed Alfa, today said that Immigration Service has kick-started registration of foreigners who are living in Lagos.

He stated that foreigners that have been living in the country for more than 90 days are expected to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Alfa, who made the disclosure while decorating the newly upgraded and promoted officers at the Zonal Office, reiterated that the initiative was President Muhammadu Buhari’s amnesty for foreigners who are living in Nigeria illegally, saying they would be permitted to stay if they appear before Immigration for e-registration.

He said: “If you are a resident in Nigeria and you are not able to renew your resident card within the period of six months of amnesty, you are free to register with Immigration Service because amnesty covers you.

“If you are in Nigeria for a temporary work permit or business permit or you are in the country for Visa on arrival and you are not able to extend your stay after the expiration of visa it is irregular.

“We are telling all non-Nigerians in our midst with irregular situation to come forward and they will not be compelled to pay penalty because the period of Mr. President’s amnesty has covered you. This will give us precisely the accurate number of expatriates and non-Nigeria in our midst.”

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