Application for long-term work and residence authorisation in Nigeria is a two-step process.
First, you must obtain a specific entry visa to enter Nigeria.
Once in the country, you can apply for your long-term work and residence authorisation from within Nigeria.
Contact IBN Immigration Solutions, and we’ll assign an expert in Nigeria visas and permits to oversee your case.
Your specialist will explain the required visa details and guide you through the application process.
Long-Term Work & Residence Permit/Authorisation is a two-prong process in that a specific type of Entry Visa is required to enter Nigeria, whereafter, an application for Long-Term work and Residence is submitted within Nigeria.
Nigeria Long-Term Work and Residence Authorisation Visa Requirements, Forms & Documentation
To qualify for long-term work and residence authorisation, applicants must first have an STR visa to enter Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, they can apply for their authorisation.
Note: The Nigerian entity (employer) must have a valid expatriate quota specifically for the position to be occupied. This must be included in the visa and long-term work and residence applications.
Forms and documentation required for long-term work and residence authorisation applications include:
- Completed application form
- Copy of qualifications
- Curriculum Vitae
- Flight itinerary
- Letter of acceptance
- Offer of employment
- Application letter
- Letter of invitation from the host company
- Expatriate quota approval
- Certificate of incorporation
Cost for Applying for the Nigerian Long-Term Work and Residence Permit/Authorisation:
Visa fees depend on the country of origin. The price list is on the Nigerian Immigration Service website.
Your specialist in Nigerian visas will go through the various costs and fees with you so that you can budget accordingly for your stay in Nigeria.
Steps to Applying for the Nigeria Long-Term Work and Residence Permit/Authorisation:
Applying for long-term work authorisation is a two-step process.
Step 1: Apply for a Subject to Regularisation (STR) visa. An STR visa is required for the principal applicant and their dependents.
Submit your STR visa application to the Nigerian Embassy in your home country or country of permanent residence.
STR visas are valid for up to 90 days when you must apply for long-term work and residence in Nigeria.
Step 2: Once you’ve entered Nigeria, you must apply for a Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC). Applications must be submitted to the NIS (Nigerian Immigration Service).
CERPACs are issued for one year and are renewable for one-year periods, provided the company’s expatriate quota remains valid.