Immigration Begins Issuance Of 10-Year-Valid Passport
Nigeria Immigration Service has started the issuance of the Nigerian passport with 10-year validity.
The improved polycarbonate passport has 64 pages, which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 15, 2019, was embedded with the National Identity Number and costs N70,000.
The NIS Public Relations Officer, DCI Sunday James on Monday said the new document was part of the passport reform approved by the Federal Government to improve the quality and security of the travel document as well as reduce the incidence of damage, counterfeit, and forgery.
James stated, “The National Identity Number is compulsory for all applicants of the new document. To make it easy for applicants, the Nigeria Immigration Service has provided space for the National Identity Management Commission at the service headquarters, Abuja to register applicants and issue to them the NIN.
“The public are advised not to rush for the new booklet as the new enhanced passport will run concurrently with the old one.”
The NIS spokesman added applicants with passports with over six months validity is not eligible for the new booklet except in the case of damage, change of data and those whose booklets were exhausted.
James advised applicants to pay online or directly to the banks situated within the passport offices; he also advised them against patronising touts “as all the service windows are equipped to meet their needs.”