Expatriate Quota: FG Orders NIS, Others to Upload Visa Policy on Portal Without Delay

By Mohammed Mohammed 

The Federal Government through the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday directed the management of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and other agencies in the ministry to upload Nigeria visa policies on their websites for easy access by Nigerians wherever they are

The Minister handed down the directive while unveiling the revised edition of 2022 Handbook on Expatriate Quota Administration in Nigeria (EQAN).

Aregbesola, reiterated that the necessity for the review of the handbook was hinged on need for the policy to align with current reality in technology and acceptable norms in the conduct of business world over.

He revealed that the ministry has issued 13,829 expatriate quota permit and 1,161 business permits in the period under review.

He stated that the revised handbook would put an end to the rot in expatriate quota administration in Nigeria.

He added that the 2004 edition lacks standard, while this revised edition prepared by stakeholders robustly addresses the noted inadequacies.

The Minister assures that the 2022 revised handbook on expatriate quota administration contains adequate  rules and regulations to prevent abuses from foreigners and locals in the business permit process.

This will in turn enhance the ‘ease of doing business’ presidential directive and improve the country’s economy as enunciated in the policy thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In a remark, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, said the ministry is responsible for the administration and technical enforcement of Nigeria Immigration Act, 2015 and Immigration Regulations, 2017 as it relates to the establishment of business in Nigeria, either wholly foreign owned or joint venture companies and the employment of expatriates as well as training of Nigerians on essential skills.

The PS commended stakeholders involved in the production of the revised handbook.

Dignitaries at the event includes representatives of the Permanent Secretaries to Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Mines and Steel and other stakeholders in the expatriate quota administration.

Signed: Afonja Fatai Ajibola

DD (Press &PR).

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