The Nigeria Immigration Service has stopped forthwith the processing of new international passports for Nigerians citizens. This was communicated in a circular issued on 17th May 2021. Going forward the service will not process new applications for passport until it has cleared the backlog of appl8cations to be treated.
The circular indicated the the directive was issued by the Minister of Interior and takes effect from Monday 17th May 2021.
The circular is here reproduced.
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2. I am directed to convey the directive of the Honorable Minister of the Interior on the suspension of processing of New passport Applications in all passport offices nationwide.
3. This directive which comes into effect from today 17th May 2021 has become necessary to allow enough time to clear all backlog of applications sequel to the commencement of the new passport regime on 1st June 2021.
4. Consequent upon the foregoing, all PCOs are therefore directed to utilize this period 17th May 2021 to 31st May 2021 to ensure that all backlogs arr produced and handed over to Command Comptrollers for collection by members of the public concerned.
5. Accordingly, new application for passports, whether fresh or renewal are by this circular suspended till 1st June 2021.
6 Ensure wide circulation and strict compliance.
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER GENERAL (PTD)
FOR: COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION SERVICE