UPDATE: Buhari Unveils Nigeria Visa Policy At Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has, on Tuesday, officially presented the new Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) for the year 2020.
The event was held at the State House, Abuja.
Dignitaries present as President Buhari officially presented to the Public, The Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020 in State House on 4th February, 2020, include the Permanent Secretary of Interior, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah, Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service [NIS], Mohammed Babandede, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and Chairman Senate Committee on Interior, Senator Kashim Shettima.
Others are Chairman House Committee on Interior, Hon. Nasir Daura, Secretary to the Government of the Federation [SGF], Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to Buhari [CoS], Abba Kyari and Minister of Information Lai Mohammed.
At the event, Buhari said the review of the visa policy is intended to attract innovation, specialised skills and knowledge from abroad to complement local ones.
The 2020 visa policy is to enhance business opportunities and achieve African integration through the visas on arrival for holders of passports of African Union countries.
There are 79 visa classifications in the revised policy, one of which is the Visa on arrival.
The revised policy is a sequel to Buhari’s pronouncements in November 2019 that a new policy of visas on arrival would be granted to all African travellers starting from January 2020.
The new policy favours Africans with a valid passport who wish to come into the country for a short visit, for businesses and for tourism, as the Visa grants them legal stay for up to 90 days.
In the new Visa Policy, Nigeria had ONLY ONE class of Visa – BUSINESS – for Students, Journalists, Academic Exchange, Artists, Musicians, Entertainers, etc.
Now there are specific visa classes for all of these and the Immigration Service promises more efficient processing.
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