How To Apply For International Passport In Nigeria And Get Approved Easily

How To Apply For International Passport In Nigeria And Get Approved Easily
Many Nigerians at one point in their life will want to leave the shores of the country whether to explore what the other countries look like or for business purposes.
If you are one of those people, then I guess you must be interested in knowing the steps involved in getting your Nigerian passport including the Nigerian passport requirements, the Nigerian passport application form pdf, how to check the Nigerian passport application status and the price for getting an international passport in Nigeria.
Well, I hope this article will be of great aid to you as it will explain all you need to know about getting an international passport online. Although there are two ways of getting an international passport, the offline method and the online method, we'll be explaining more on the online method.
But first of all, let's run through the steps involved in getting an international passport offline:

How To Apply For The Nigerian International Passport Offline

Applying for an international passport offline simply means going to the immigration office to complete the process yourself. It is the most popular method and you might need an agent to guide you through the steps if you're still a novice.
To get approved, you'll need to submit:
- A copy of your local government or state of origin Identification Letter.
- Your birth certificate or age declaration
- Your marriage certificate or marriage declaration (for female applicants only). You might also in some cases need to provide a newspaper publication of change of name.
- Photocopies of the valid international passport or your friend or relative together with his/ her national Identification card or driver’s license (the person will stand as your guarantor)
- 2 passport photographs or 4-6 because of age and marriage declaration.
These documents will be submitted and you'll be notified of when you'll return to the office to process the passport. If an agent is helping you to process the document, he or she will notify you whenever it gets ready and you'll also go to the office to collect it.

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How To Apply For The Nigerian International Passport Online

This is cheaper and less stressful than the offline method, you just need to visit the immigration website with a computer and then fill a form.

Documents Required For Online International Passport Application

The documents required for getting an e-passport are not much different from those required for the offline application.
They include:

The online standard passport application requirements

- A local Government letter of identification.
- Birth certificate or age declaration.
- 2 recent colour passport photographs
- Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate / High Court Judge
- Letter of consent from your parents for minors under 16 years
- Marriage certificate where applicable
- Police report in case your replacing a lost passport
- Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission

The online official passport application requirements

- A letter of introduction from appropriate State Government, Federal Government Ministry / Organization.
- Your Marriage certificate (where applicable)
- Police report in case of lost passport
- Letter of appointment / last promotion .
- Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission

Steps Involved In Applying For An International Passport Online

So let's go through the steps:
- Visit the Nigeria Immigration website and click the e-Passport application form.
- Fill the Application form carefully to avoid making mistakes.
- Click on the box that with “I Accept full responsibility for the information provided“
- Click on the “PRINT” Button to print filled form.
- Click on ‘Submit Application’ button to view ‘Applicant details page’
- Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”
- Enter your payment account details correctly.
- After payment, you would be presented a Validation Number.
- Keep the validation number for future use.You can also print a receipt by clicking the ‘Print the Receipt’ button

How To Use International Passport Validation Number

After payment, having obtained the “Validation Number”, proceed to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment:

- Enter your Passport Application ID and Reference Number in the “Query your Application Payment Status”.
- A “Validation Number” field will appear, enter the number from your ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt.
- Click on the “Search Record” button and you will be sent to the “Applicant’s Details” page where a date for your interview has been generated.
- The next step will be to print a an Acknowledgement Slip or Receipt by using the buttons on the page. They'll be needed for your interview.
- You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or Acknowledgement Slip in a new window. Click on “Print” button to send a copy to the printer.

Which Is Faster? The Offline Application Method Or The Online Application Method

Actually, if you have a top immigration officer as an agent, he or she will help you get your international passport as fast as possible.
However, like I said earlier, applying online is cheaper and involves less stress. You won't have to pay any agent or extra fees, just the regular amount of money required for getting the passport which we'll share below.
The decision is left to you, many people prefer the offline while a good number of others still prefer the less stressful online method.

How Much Does It Cost To Get International Passport In Nigeria?

The official price for getting your international passport will be stated below, however this is Nigeria and some extra charges might still be added as you go from one office to another.

NIS Passport Fee – Applying In Nigeria and Currency In Naira (₦)

This is the breakdown of the NIS passport fee as shown in immigration website below
How Much Does It Cost To Get International Passport In Nigeria?

The prices are written in the Nigerian Naira but you can use this currency exchange rate calculator to check the value in your local currency.

How to Check If Your International Passport Is Ready

Depending on your method of application, your agent should inform you when it comes out. Also, the names of people that their passports are ready will also be pasted in the immigration notice board.
Please take note:
 Your guarantor must attach the following documents
  ‣ Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
   National Identity Card or Driving License
➤ You should present an acknowledgment slip and payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs
➤ You should print out a copy of a duly completed application form
➤ You should take the printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing

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