Nigeria begins issuance of temporary work permit via email to expatriates

Immigration officers [Photo Credit: The Guardian]
Immigration officers [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has begun issuance of Temporary Work Permit, TWP, Visa by e-mail to expatriates coming to the country for temporary work.

The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede‎, disclosed this in a statement issued by the Service spokesperson, Sunday James, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr. Babandede said that the measure was part of the‎ ongoing automation of the service’ operations and in line with the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.

He said this‎ was in addition to the visa on arrival facility which was also applied through the same process.

He explained that a‎‎applications for the TWP by e-mail are to be forwarded to a dedicated e-mail addressed to the Comptroller-General.

Mr. Babandede said that requirements and how to apply are available on the NIS official website: interested applicants.

He said the process involved a‎ formal ‎application letter ‎for the facility from the Company/Employer accepting Immigration Responsibility on behalf of the beneficiary, among other requirements.

He said that the TWP‎‎ application when approved usually within a timeline of 48 hours is forwarded to the Nigerian Mission in the country indicated in the application for the issuance of the facility.

“‎The expatriate is expected to proceed to the particular Nigerian Mission with his/her passport for the issuance of the TWP.

” It must be stressed that the TWP is not issued at Port of Entry in Nigeria,” the comptroller-general said.

He also announced the commencement of operations of the NIS Contact Centre which is meant to attend to complaints and enquiries of the general public.

He urged members of the public with any complaints about NIS services to call‎ the dedicated line: 07080607900 or



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  • 0tile

    Rank ya dede, we did not know you are this efficient to expedite job processes for those you see as expatriates. Na wa for aboki man and his colonial mentality.

  • dami

    What nonsense
    We Nigerians don’t have work
    Yet we seen it fit to make it easy for foreigners to come and work here
    We need to attract investors and not low down workers that nigerinas can do
    All the Chinese projects are being executed with Chinese labourers in Nigeria! Creating no jobs for Nigerians but for Chinese!
    The Indians are only slightly better.
    In all this we continue to impoverish ourselves…simply cos the man who is responsible for this decision has been “sorted”….he is fine so could not care less…

  • thusspokez

    Should the National Assembly have a say in this major foreign policy issue?