The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured Nigerian citizens that they will receive their passports within three weeks from the day of application submission, with the exception of unforeseen technical difficulties.
Mrs. Caroline Adepoju, the Comptroller General of the NIS, made this announcement at the opening of the Igbogbo Passport Front Office in the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Adepoju emphasized the commitment of the NIS to providing efficient passport services, stating, “I can tell you, barring all technical problems, you should be able to completely apply for your passport and within three weeks, you should be able to get it.”
She highlighted the importance of applicants using consistent information with their National Identity Numbers (NIN) during the application process, as passports are linked to NINs.
The Comptroller General noted that the inclusion of the NIN on passports streamlines the application process and ensures accuracy in the identification of applicants.
She urged Nigerians to apply for passport renewal six months before the expiration date, emphasizing that certain countries may refuse visas to individuals with passports having less than six months left before expiration.
Adepoju’s statement aims to reassure citizens and streamline the passport application and renewal process, aligning with the NIS’s commitment to providing timely and efficient services to the public.