Immigration Reopens Passport Application Portal, Warns Against Racketeering

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The Nigeria Immigration Service has reopened passport applications and payment portal, following its suspension last month.

The service announced this on Tuesday in a statement titled Reopening of passport application portal,’ signed by its Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu.

According to the statement, the portal would be reopened for applicants effective June 8, 2021 by midnight.

“The passport application portal will be reopened effective June 8, 2021 by midnight to allow eligible passport applicants to apply and make payments for the various categories of passports of their choice,” it said.

The Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, who was quoted as saying the process has been made seamless for efficient service delivery, urged passport applicants to avoid patronising touts.

He cautioned passport racketeers and defaulting officers within the service to abstain from practices capable of undermining the NIS’ reform.

The statement added that under the new passport regime, applications and payments for passport services shall be made through the service’s website.

“Upon successful applications, applicants shall make their online booking interview/enrolment appointment on any day, time and location they consider convenient.

“That the new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrolment at the selected issuing centre shall be six weeks for fresh applications and three weeks for re-issue (renewal applications),” it noted.

The passport portal was closed following the directive of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on May 17, 2021 to allow the service to clear all backlogs of applications that have piled up across Issuing Centres in the past few months.

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