Passport Will be Ready in Two Weeks After Online Application

Immigration Officers Reveal.
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The Comptroller General of the Service, Wura-Ola Adepoju noted in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, that it will take two weeks between the point of application for green passports to be produced.

She said, “Because of the screening that we need to do, we are looking at two weeks as a time frame from the point of application to the point of production.”

The NIS boss lamented that there were so many uncollected passports at the Ikoyi office of the Service.

Adepoju also said Nigerians would be able to renew their travel passports without human contact effective March 8, 2024.

The Immigration boss said, “From March 8, everyone applying for renewal will be doing a contactless application because for people who have the Nigerian passports, we have their data, we have their biometrics.

“So, from the comfort of their homes, they can apply for renewal or re-issue of their passports and they would be able to deploy their biometrics like their fingerprints which we will now compare with what we have in our database. If everything goes, then we will be able to issue them the passports they applied for.”

Recall that the Service had earlier said over 46,000 applications have been received since January 8, 2024 when it began automation of the passport application process.

“We are making it as seamless as possible. From inception, that’s January 8 which was when we went live, we’ve received over 46,000 applications (both fresh and renewal),” she said while appealing to Nigerians to input the right information on the Service’s website.

Also, Adepoju said there is provision for change of data on the portal for passport application. On whether immigration officials would lose their jobs, she said, “No, the objective of the automation is to make things seamless, the comfort of our application and national security.”

“From March 8, all the people applying for renewal will be able to do contactless biometric capturing.”

On efforts put in place to ensure non-Nigerians do not get the green passport, Nandap said, “We are meeting with critical stakeholders such NPC and ALGON because an average Nigerian will have to go to their local government to get their certificate of indigeneship.

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