December 02, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured that barring unforeseen technical issues, applicants of international passports will receive their passports three weeks from the day of application submission.
Comptroller General, Mrs Caroline Adepoju, disclosed this on Friday while speaking to newsmen at the unveiling of the Igbogbo Passport Front Office in the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Adepoju, who said the opening of the Igbogbo office was her first assignment after her confirmation as the substantive Comptroller General of the NIS, said, “I can tell you, barring all technical problems, you should be able to completely apply for your passport and within three weeks, you should be able to get it.”
She said it was important for every applicant to register with the same records they had with the National Identity Management Commission as their national identity numbers would be linked to their passports.
“People who are applying for our passport must have similar details with which they are applying for the passport on their national identity numbers because the Nigerian passport has the national identity number on it. So, if there are no issues, within three weeks, you must get your passport, from application to the production of the passport,” Adepoju added.
Adepoju advised Nigerians whose passports were nearing expiration to apply for renewal six months before the expiration.
She noted that some countries denied visas to applicants whose passports had less than six months to expire.