Nigerian Immigration Service to introduce Visa categories

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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it will soon introduce various categories of visas for the country as part of its visa reform.

The Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) Muhammad Babandede disclosed this in Benin.

Babandede said the visa categories being considered were those for tourists, for retirees outside the country who wish to retire in Nigeria and for incentive/investors.

The CGI said the 2019 Comptroller General of Immigration annual conference did a lot of group work towards achieving the various reforms in the Service within the shortest possible time.

He added that there were some quick wins that could be done immediately, noting that one of such was in the area of passport.

Babandede said the current “Operation Swift Response” under the supervision of the office of the national security officer was intended to tackle border insecurity.

He said the present borders’ closure has helped the nation to curtail not just the people who enter, but also Nigerians who take the bush paths to travel without passports.

He disclosed that a month ago, the NIS records showed that not fewer than 11,000 persons have been prevented from travelling out through illegal means.