Nigeria Immigration Services

​• ​Nigeria's immigration system provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. Nigeria is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); its immigration program provides for ECOWAS-specific provisions. Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility and benefits for accompanying family members vary by permit type.
• Business visitors from non-ECOWAS member states may use the business visa for stays of up to 90 days. This visa can be extended in Nigeria for another 30 to 90 days, at the authorities' discretion. ECOWAS nationals are visa exempt and may enter Nigeria with a valid passport. Non-ECOWAS nationals require an extension and must pay the corresponding fee for any stay beyond 56 cumulative days in a 12-month period.
• ​The Temporary Work Permit is suitable for foreign nationals undertaking short-term technical assignments (e.g., after-sales installation, maintenance, repairs of machines, and equipment) and permits a single entry to Nigeria for work for up to 90 days.
• Both the ​Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) or the Temporary Work Permit (TWP) are suitable for foreign nationals undertaking work, depending on their intended length of stay.
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.