The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has assured Nigerians of visa on arrival in the country. He responded to questions about the visa policy at an interactive session with some leaders of Nigerian groups across Canadian provinces in Ottawa on Monday, November 21.
The Special Adviser to the President on the ease of doing business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, also shared a copy of the policy. Click the link below to read the full details below.
13 things you should know about Nigeria’s new Visa policy
By Joshua Odeyemi | Published Date Feb 5, 2020, 7:58 AM
According to a statement by Mrs Grace Njoku, Chief Information Officer in the Ministry of Interior. While performing the presentation at the State House, Abuja, the President said the initiative would attract innovation, specialised skills and knowledge from abroad to complement local capacity. He emphasised the gains of the new visa policy, and we have them highlighted below:
- The Nigerian Visa Policy 2020 is to support the attainment of a globally competitive economy for the country.
- It is a pathway to achieving Buhari’s administration’s Security, Economy and Transparency agenda.
- The policy would improve the business environment, attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and boost tourism.
- The policy will not compromise National Security.
- It will introduce visa issuance at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports from African countries.
- The operation of the Nigerian Visa Policy is cardinal to the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.
- The new regime is expected to boost economic activities in tourism, aviation, entertainment, commerce and other areas where Nigeria has a comparative advantage over other African countries.
- It allows Nigeria to apply the principle of reciprocity with her visa policy in the nation’s bilateral and multilateral relations.
- It will provide jobs for the people and lift Nigeria’s teeming population out of poverty.
- The NVP 2020 introduces special visas for Nigerians in the diaspora who have assumed dual citizenship by birth, marriage or nationalisation.
- Nigerians in the diaspora will now be able to use the passports of their adopted countries to visit Nigeria without the need for a short-stay visa.
- Features of NVP 2020 include an increase in the classes of visas from 6 to 79.
- The NVP 2020 also created visa codes for all visa classes and introduced e-visas.