NIS Suspends Issuance of Biometric Visa on Arrival
According to Punch, investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria revealed that the NIS was now issuing the “Ordinary Visa-On-Arrival’’ to foreigners.
The issuance of biometric visa on arrival was introduced on June 12, and costs $110, a source told NAN. However, it was suspended on June 13 over controversies concerning the charges.
A reliable source told NAN that the biometric visa-on-arrival, which costs foreigners $110, was introduced on June 12 but was suspended a day later following the approval the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Muhammed Babandede due to controversies concerning the charges.
The source said:
It is not true that the NIS is collecting money from foreigners coming into the country for the issuance of biometric visas.
The fees for the biometric visa-on-arrival is being collected by Online Integrated Services (OIS) and New Works, who are service providers appointed by the Ministry of Interior to collect the charges.
OIS collects $90, while New Works collects $20 for the issuance of the biometric visas. The payment can be made online before coming into Nigeria or with a credit card upon arrival.
However, there were complaints from people who have already paid to obtain visas before coming into Nigeria and were now also being required to pay for the biometric visa upon arrival.
The source said the visa-on-arrival policy had improved the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, adding that it was now applicable to all countries of the world.
“It is very good for business purposes. Instead of applying for visa from the embassy, a foreigner can send an application to the NIS attaching his valid passport, point of entry, purpose of visit and the certificate of incorporation of his business partners.
“The person’s return ticket will also be attached and the application is processed and approved by the CG and a visa will be issued to him upon arrival at his point of entry, if he meets the requirements,’’ the source added.
The issue was brought to the notice of the CG, who directed that the policy should be suspended until further notice.