This is the official Nigeria Visa Policy document for 2020 outlining the entry and exit of migrants into the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Overview of Nigeria's Visa Policy (NVP) 2020
The NVP 2020 is a global visa system with biometrics linked to each application online. The biometrics will be conducted at the port of entry to reduce the chances of criminals beating the system.
The new policy has three visas:
- short visit,
- temporary, and
- permanent residence.
It also has 79 visa classes, this is an improvement over the previous one which had only six.
The NVP 2020 introduced special visas for Nigerians in diaspora who either by birth, marriage or nationalisation have assumed dual citizenship. Such category of Nigerians will now be able to make use of the passports of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for short stay visa.
According to the Presidency:
"The Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 is intended to attract innovation, specialised 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."