In a significant move towards enhancing efficiency and convenience, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has introduced an automated passport application process. The initiative, launched by the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, aims to streamline and expedite the passport acquisition process for Nigerians.
The automated system, unveiled during a live demonstration in Abuja, signifies a transformative shift in how citizens enroll and procure international passports. The Minister emphasized that the reform aligns with the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, focusing on convenience, reduced processing time, and an overall seamless experience.
With the new solution, the entire passport application process, including submission, processing, review, and approval, will be conducted online. Minister Tunji-Ojo highlighted that the introduction of this system significantly reduces the application process to approximately six minutes, eliminating the need for physical visits to immigration offices and relieving pressure on immigration officers.
Addressing concerns related to identity theft, the Minister disclosed that the NIS has successfully harmonized data through a technical collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The move is a step towards ensuring the security and integrity of citizens’ information.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Mrs. Adepoju Carol Wura-Ola, expressed the dedication and motivation behind the new process. The aim is to alleviate the stress and challenges Nigerians face when procuring international passports, both domestically and abroad. The initiative also seeks to combat corruption and restore the pride associated with the Green Passport.
Furthermore, the Minister assured that by February, Nigerians in the diaspora would benefit from the same streamlined experience. The NIS has made arrangements for robust power and internet services to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted online application process.
To apply for a passport online, applicants can follow these steps:
- Visit the online application portal http://passport.immigration.gov.ng.
- Click on “Apply for Fresh Passport” for new applicants.
- Enter your NIN and date of birth, and complete other required data.
- Upload your passport photograph and supporting documents.
- Visit the nearest Immigration Office for biometric capture.
- Within two weeks, the passport will be ready for collection.
For passport renewal, applicants need to have their NIN, old passport number, and a passport photograph meeting ICAO standards, along with necessary supporting documents. The move towards an automated passport application system is a significant step in providing a more user-friendly and efficient experience for Nigerians.