Everybody wants to japa from Nigeria but often it looks as though it’s tough and you need divine powers to get things prepared. Do you know that you don’t need to undergo much stress as you think you would to get an international passport as a Nigerian?

I have chosen to show you everything you need to know to get your international passport free of charge( I mean you don’t have to pay me for this information, don’t get it twisted!).



Follow the guidelines below:

  • Visit the Home page of the Nigeria Immigration Portal  then click on the appropriate application form (MRP-Passport Application Form(this choice is dependent on your mission)).
  • Proceed to pick the passport type you want, (there are usually two types of E-passport types:
  • the Standard E-passport Or Official E-passport) then click on the Start Application button
  • Fill out the Application form & check the ‘I ACCEPT FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS FORM’. 
  • Then click the print button to print the filled form after which you click on Submit Application button to view the Applicants Details Page.
  •  Proceed to payment & select the type of currency (Naira or US dollars).
  • Click on the continue button (if you selected Naira, you will be directed to a page to select payment type(payment method): “Bank, Credit or Debit Card” 


THE BANK PAYMENT OPTION

  • Proceed to select the bank & click on Continue. The Print Acknowledgement button will help you print the Payment Acknowledgement Slip with the Transaction ID, Application ID & Reference Number.
  • With the copy of your Payment acknowledgement slip, proceed to a participating bank for payment. 
  • Upon making the payment at the bank, you MUST be issued with an Approved Payment Platform Provider receipt that contains a Validation Number. You will need the Validation Number for confirmation of payment on the portal. 


THE CREDIT/DEBIT CARD PAYMENT OPTION

  • If you intend to pay through a Credit/Debit card, select “Credit/Debit card” and click continue. You will be required to fill in your log-in credentials.
  • After filling in your details, click the Login button and you will be sent to the payment portal. For proceeding with the payment click the Pay button. The Payment Portal displays application details, click on the continue button.
  • You will be prompted to the Value Card payment page, provide information about your card & click on the OK button.
  • After payment, the Validation Number is generated. Store it and use it to confirm the payment (you can also print a receipt by clicking the Print the Receipt button.



Using your Validation Number

  • After payment, having obtained the Validation Number, proceed to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment:
  • Go to the Query Your Application Payment Status and enter your Passport Application ID and Reference No.
  • If a Validation Number field appears, please enter the number from your Approved Payment Platform Provider receipt. (Remember: Validation Number has been generated after payment through the bank also).
  • Click the Search Record button and you will be sent to the Applicant’s Details page where a date for your interview has been generated.
  • You can now print a receipt or an acknowledgement slip by using the buttons on this page (you will need them for your interview).
  • You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or acknowledgement slip in a new window. Click on the Print button to send a copy to the printer.



For Payment Outside of Nigeria

  • If you select a processing country other than Nigeria, your payment will be in US Dollars. You will be re-directed to an approved payment platform to complete your application and make your payment in US Dollars.
  • On confirmation of payment, proceed for an Interview with relevant documents. Please, note that your interview schedule, final e-receipt and acknowledgement slip are only accessible using your Validation Number.



To print your NIS e-Receipt

  1. On the portal home page, click on the ‘Query Your Application Payment Status link.
  2. On the next page, select ‘Passport’ as an option under the Application Type dropdown.




Enter the following details:

  • Application ID.
  • Reference Number.
  • Validation Number (if applicable).
  • Submit the details.



3. Your full application details shall be returned, scroll down the page and click on Print Receipt, you will be presented with your NIS e-receipt in a new window.

4. Click on ‘Print this receipt’ to send a copy to the printer

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To generate your Passport Guarantor’s Form

  • Click on the passport guarantor’s form on the home page of the Nigeria Immigration Service
  • Enter the reference and ID number generated on the acknowledgement slip
  • Click Print to print out the first page and next to print out the second page (You will still be required to click the Print button).



 Ensure you keep all important credentials you used and got in the process. Following the guidelines step by step will make life a lot easier so don’t try to skip steps. 

Have a successful japa experience!

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