Stella Dimoko Presidency Lists 10 Things To Know About Nigeria's Visa Policy 2020


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Thursday, February 06, 2020

Presidency Lists 10 Things To Know About Nigeria's Visa Policy 2020

The announcement of the Visa on Arrival policy last December by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aswan Forum, in Egypt, was greeted with loads of condemnation from some quarters, largely due to misconception, and, perhaps, mischief.

Chief among the allegations was that it was a ploy to import more killers into the country under official cover, and that foreigners would come to take available job opportunities meant for Nigerians.

With the official launch of the Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020 by President Buhari on Tuesday, here are some salient points to note:

1- A greater part of 2019 was devoted to conceiving and enunciating the policy, with retreats, conferences and engagements with stakeholders by the Nigeria Immigration Service. These held in August, October, and December, in Lagos, Benin, and Abuja, respectively. It was, therefore, not a hasty decision.

2 - NVP 2020 is a global visa system, and there is biometrics linked to online applications for each applicant. Chances of criminals beating the system are negligible. Biometrics is to be conducted at port of entry.

3 - Visa on Arrival to be issued only at airports, not at land borders.

4 - There are three categories of visas: short visit, temporary, and permanent residence.

5 - From the previous six, there are now 79 classes of visa.

6 - There is Visa for Diaspora Nigerians by birth, with dual citizenship.

7 - Visa on Arrival is only for short visits, and there is little chance that visitors will come in to take jobs which should have been for Nigerians.

8 - The system is automated. No cash transaction, so the chances of corruption are reduced.

9 - NVP is part of a wider reform ‘NIS Border Strategy, 2019-2023.’

10 - It holds immense economic benefits for the country. As President Buhari said; “The Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 is intended to attract innovation, specialized skills and knowledge from abroad to complement locally available ones.

“It will support the attainment of a globally competitive economy for Nigeria by building on the efforts of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council.

“The policy is expected to improve the business environment, attract Foreign Direct Investment and boost tourism without compromising national security.”
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  1. Worefa!! If you have a hidden agenda, it is you n your people that will eat out of it. It will backfire on you people

  2. Who will enforce all these..This is Nigeria I know that visa will be shared at the land borders...When they all hear it, Buharia will be shocked again..

  3. I don't trust this man and his talks, until I see proof
    Look at how they all condemned Amotekun, but have sharperly formed another security outfit they called "shege"something like dat. Plus d Hisbah and so many of them in that region. Wicked Baba

  4. "...meant to attract specialized skills..."
    and it won't take jobs?
    And Nigerians are grumbling about jobs being taken?
    And you are all condemning S/Africa for xenophobia?
    Did you not do it to Ghanaians in the 80s?
    Where did Ghana must Go come from?
    Whatever goes up comes down and whatever goes around
    turns around.

  5. Number 7 really cracked me up. As if there are jobs here. Like the big companies don’t give bribe to the Local Content body, for expatriates to get jobs here. You can’t tell me that all the positions occupied by expatriates, do not have Nigerian locals who can carry out those job descriptions.


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