he Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced the reopening of its passport application and payment portal.
This is contained in a statement by NIS spokesman Amos Okpu in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Comptroller-General of the service, Muhammad Babandede, said the portal became effective from 12 midnight on Tuesday.
Mr Babandede noted that the portal would allow eligible applicants to apply and make payments for the various categories of passports of their choice.
The passport portal was closed on May 17, following a directive by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
The minister had directed the portal’s closure to enable the service to clear the backlog of applications in issuing centres across the country in the past few months.
Mr Babandede further explained that a new passport application and payment regime had begun with the reopening of the portal.
“Applications and payments for passport services shall be made through the service website, www.immigration.gov.ng. Applicants are expected to visit the portal to apply and upload their support documents for vetting and processing.
“A chat room facility to guide applicants through the application and payment process has been provided on the portal.
“Upon successful applications, applicants shall make their online booking interview/enrollment appointment on any day, time, and location they consider convenient.
“The new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrollment at the selected issuing centre shall be six weeks for fresh applications and three weeks for re-issue (renewal applications).”
The comptroller-general added that applicants would be contacted when their passports were ready through email addresses and phone numbers they provided during the application.