Virginia, US

Nigeria

If your company is sending employees to Nigeria—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Nigeria, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

The Nigerian Immigration system is regulated by a defined legal process, providing many solutions to help employers of foreign nationals.  Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.

Business visitors to Nigeria typically use a Business Visa, granted for 90 days, with the possibility of one 30-day extension in country at the discretion of authorities. After a stay of 56 cumulative days in a 12-month period, an extension is required for non-Economic Community of West African States  (ECOWAS) nationals.

Depending on the duration of stay, foreign nationals requiring work authorization typically apply for a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) or a Temporary Work Permit (TWP). Additionally, nationals of countries that are not ECOWAS members have different options for work authorization than ECOWAS nationals.

Note that unmarried partners and same-sex spouses and partners are not considered dependents in Nigeria.  

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request