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How To Apply For Nigerian Passport Online

Applying for a Nigerian passport online is a straightforward process and you can get it at the appropriate time if you live in Nigeria.

How To Apply For Nigerian Passport Online
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Meaning of E-Passport in Nigeria

An E-Passport, also known as an Electronic Passport, is a type of passport that has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip. This chip contains personal data and biometric information of the passport holder, such as their name, photograph, fingerprints, and other details.


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In Nigeria, the E-Passport is a modernized version of the traditional passport. It was introduced by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in 2007 to replace the old paper-based passport. The E-Passport is designed to enhance the security and integrity of the Nigerian passport, as well as make the process of obtaining and using a passport more efficient and convenient.

The E-Passport is recognized internationally and allows Nigerians to travel to any country in the world. It also enables them to access various consular services offered by Nigerian embassies and consulates abroad. The E-Passport can be obtained through the NIS website or at any of their passport offices across the country.

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E-Passport Eligibility

Every citizen of Nigeria, whether born in Nigeria or abroad to Nigerian parents are eligible to apply for a Standard ePassport. However, a minor younger than 18 years old can only apply for ePassport through their legal Nigerian guardian and may not be eligible for the 10-year validity passport which is available only to Nigerians 18 years and above.

If applicant already has the older Standard ePassport, they can continue to use it until 6 months before expiry. In order to apply for the new Enhanced E-Passport,Β current ePassport must be unintentionally lost, damaged, exhaust its pagesΒ or have less than 180 days validity remaining.

Basic Requirements

Below are the requirements for the ePassport Application abroad.

For Adults (18+)

 

    1. National Identification Number (NIN).
      (Only Mandatory for the New Enhanced ePassport)
    2. Application Letter to the Head of Mission.
      (Introduce applicant and consent to application)
    3. 2 Copies of Data pages of former Passport.
      (If applying for renewal / re-issue / replacement)
    4. Original Birth Certificate or Age Declaration.
      (Latter must be endorsed by Commissioner for Oaths)
  1. Acknowledgement slip and evidence of payment.
  2. 2 Recent Passport Photographs sized 35/40mm.
    (Should be endorsed at the back by the Guarantor)
  3. Completed and duly signedΒ Guarantors form.
    (Could be Family or Friend but must be an Adult)
  4. Copy of Guarantors Passport Data Page.
    (Some Nigerian missions may not require this item)

 

For Minors (-18)

    • Proof of Parents’ Nigerian Citizenship.
      (ePassport or General MultiPurpose Card)
    • Consent LetterΒ from oneΒ Parent.
      (Mother prefered for infant applicant)
    • Original Birth Certificate of Applicant.
      (Must be issued by NPC if born in Nigeria)
  • Completed Online Application Process.
    • Printout of completedΒ Application from.
    • Printout of the Online Payment slip.Β 
  • One Passport Photographs (35/40mm).
    (Signed at the back by consenting parent)

Important:Β Birth Certificate not Issued in Nigeria should be legalized in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria or in the Nigeria Mission in the host country where the marriage certificate of parents was issued.

If the minor is a Nigerian adoptee, a Court Order and Letter of approval from State Ministry of Women and Child Development is required.

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Steps To Apply For Nigerian Passport Online

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website at https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/
  2. Click on the “Passport” tab on the homepage and select “Standard e-Passport” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Next, select the type of passport you want to apply for, whether it’s a 32-page or 64-page passport.
  4. After selecting your preferred passport type, create an account on the portal by providing your email address and choosing a password.
  5. Once you’ve created an account, log in and fill out the application form with your personal information, contact details, and passport preferences.
  6. Upload your passport photograph, which should be a recent color photo on a plain white background.
  7. Pay the required fee for your passport application using the online payment platform provided on the portal.
  8. After making payment, print out your payment confirmation and passport application form.
  9. Submit your printed application form, payment confirmation, and other required documents to the passport office nearest to you for processing.

In conclusion, applying for a Nigerian passport online is a simple process that can be completed from the comfort of your home or office. Just follow the steps outlined above, and you’ll have your passport in no time.