Being a Nigerian is not only by mouth or by physical appearances; you have to possess some documents at your disposal to back up your claim.
One of these vital documents is the Nigerian International passport (e-passport). It is issued by the Nigerian immigration service as soon as you meet all requirements we shall be listing one after the other later in this post.
What is Nigerian International passport and its importance?
Nigeria international passport, also known as e-passport, is one and major documents that qualifies you as a bona-fide citizen of Nigeria.
As long as you don’t have this passport, then, you are an illegible Nigerian, irrespective of the years you’ve spent in the West African country. This passport also serves as gateway to any Nigerian planning to travel to any country of his/her choice.
Hence, it is very important you have the passport in order to enjoy your right as a Nigerian.
Do you have one already? If yes, then, this article isn’t really meant for you, though, you can go through it because you might need to renew your passport after a decade.
If you haven’t gotten yours, it is important you read every bit of this article as we’re set to put you through every process you must take to get it.
We are equally set to reveal how much it will cost you to get one for yourself, your children —who are below or above 18 years of age — and every other member of your family.
Requirements needed to get a Nigerian International Passport
There are some needed requirements for you to possess your own international passport. These requirements are classified into two categories which are: The standard International passport requirements and The Official Nigerian International Passport’s requirements.
Requirements needed for Standard International passport are listed below:
- Local Government letter of identification.
- Birth certificate / age declaration.
- Two recent colour passport photographs
- Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of oaths or any legal practitioners/expert
- Parents’ letter of consent for under-16 Nigerians
- Marriage certificate where applicable
- Police report, should there be any case of lost passport
Requirements needed for an Official passport are listed below:
- Letter of introduction from appropriate State Government, Federal Government Ministry / Organization.
- Marriage certificate where applicable
- Police report, in case there’s any lost of passport
- Letter of appointment or letter latest promotion
Now that you know all the requirements or documents needed to get an international passport of your own, then, it’s important you know how and where to go about it. This lead us to the next point of this article, and that’s how to apply for the passport.
Step-by-step guide on how to get a Nigeria international passport
Are you thinking on how to get your own Nigeria International passport? Below are the important steps to take while processing your passport:
1. Make Online Payment
This is the first step to take as it guarantees your readiness to completing other procedures. Unless you successfully complete this process, you can’t proceed to the next step.
To make online payment, you must perform the following:
- Visit the official home page of the Nigeria Immigration Portal click here https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/
- Click on ʼApply for e-passport’
- Select the passport type of your choice either the “Standard e-Passport” OR “ Official e-Passport”,
- Click on the ‘Start Application’ button that appears on the right side of your browser.
- Fill the Application form
- After filling the the application form, ensure that you recheck all the inputted data to be sure there’s no error.
- Accept the terms and conditions and click on the “PRINT” Button to print out the documented form.
- Submit your application and view ‘Applicant details page’
- Having ensured that all data are correct, then you can click on the “Proceed to Online Payment” button.
- Choose the Currency you want to pay with either Naira or Dollar. If Naira, select “Pay in Naira” and if in dollars select “Pay in Dollars” and press the ‘continue’ button.
- Choose your preferred payment method; either via your debit/credit card or at the bank.
To people willing to pay via debit/credit card they will need to undergo some more procedures such as:
- Filling your credit /debit card log-in credentials; and once that is done, you will click on “PAY” button.
- Confirm that payment is made before clicking on the ‘OK’ Button. Once you have successfully completed the online payment, a “validation number” will be generated which you will use to print out payment receipt.
To people who are willing to pay via bank, you will need to select the bank of your choice. Then click on ‘Continue’
After that, you will select “Print Acknowledgment”. This acknowledgement form confirms that you have made a certain transaction with them because it consists of Transaction ID, Application ID & Reference Number.
2. Confirm of your Payment via the same NIS Portal
Having made the online payment, your next step is confirming your payment. You must perform the following steps to confirm payment:
- Click on the “Query your Application Payment Status” button and enter your Passport Application ID and Reference No. (for bank users).
- You will see a space for “Validation Number” for those who paid via debit/credit card, so, just put your validation number.
- Click the “Search Record” button and you will be redirected to the “Applicant’s Details” page which contains a set date for your interview.
- Click on “Print NIS e-receipt” button to have a copy of a NIS e-receipt of your own which you must take to your interview venue.
3. Generate Your Passport Guarantor’s Form
Guarantor’s form is also needed during interview, therefore, it is important you have it with you.
This procedure is equally done via the Nigeria Immigration Service portal; you only need to observe the following steps:
- Click on passport Guarantor’s form at the home page of the portal
- Enter your reference and ID Number that was generated on the acknowledgment slip during payment.
- Click on the ‘Print’ button to print out the mandatory guarantor’s form.
4. Attend NIS Interview
This interview is nowhere closer to job interview, it’s just a platform where you are being asked some questions about you and your profession and other important facts.
However, while going for this interview, you must ensure some important documents are with you.
These documents to bring to the interview include:
- Acknowledgment slip, payment receipt and two recent photographs.
- A Copy of well-documented application form.
- Printed and signed application
- Forms to Passport office
- Photocopy of your guarantor’s form
- Driving License
- National Identity Card among others
Current Price/Cost of Nigerian International Passport (February, 2020)
This is to let you know that the cost varies from country to country; and it also depends on the numbers of page and your age.
Let’s quickly give you a run-down of the present cost of Nigerian International passport this 2020
- Age 0-17 —— 32 pages ——— N8,750
- Age 0-17 —— 64 pages ——— N20,000
- Age 18-59 —— 32 pages ——— N15,000
- Age 18-59 —— 64 pages ——— N20,000
- Age 60 and Above —— 32 pages ——— N8,750
- Age 60 and Above —— 64 pages ——— N20,000
If you’re not in Nigeria and you want to get it done as soon as possible, you can easily work into any Nigeria embassy in your country and apply for the e-passport.
However, you are going to pay in US Dollars. See the cost below:
- Age 0-17 —— 32 pages —— $65