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Sunday, 21 June 2015


The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it has abolished re-entry visa for expatriates with valid resident permits.

Commander of the NIS in Bayelsa State, Mr Sule Wunti, disclosed this at an interactive session with expatriates and companies employing foreign nationals at the command’s office in Yenagoa.

He said the Immigration Service organized the forum to sensitise stakeholders on the reforms aimed at attracting Direct Foreign Investments to Nigeria and align with international best practices.

According to him, henceforth, holders of temporary CERPAC receipts will be allowed for up to 90 days subject to valid expatriate quota.

However, he said accredited diplomats in various foreign missions would continue to enjoy re-entry visas within the period of their accreditation as they were exempted from holding CERPAC.

Mr Emmanuel Gbuuga, the Zonal Coordinator, Zone G headquarters of NIS in Benin, assured foreigners and employers of expatriates that the Immigration Service was interested in making their stay in Nigeria conducive.

He noted that the visa reforms had reduced bottlenecks and delays previously associated with issuance of resident permits and assured that the Immigration Service would continue to upgrade its services to stakeholders.

He also said that the immigration commands had been empowered to produce and issue CERPAC. Representatives of various companies in the construction, oil and gas and tourism sectors operating in Bayelsa.

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