– The Nigerian government has updated its visa policy, specifically targeted at Nigerians living abroad
– The presidency has reeled out the updated visa policy for the benefit of the Nigerian diaspora community
– Presidential media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi took to his social media page to share key highlights of the new policy
The presidency has listed its new updated visa policy, specifically for Nigerians in the diaspora.
The special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on digital and new media, Tolu Ogunlesi, listed the updated policies in a Twitter thread he posted on Thursday, February 4.
Ogunlesi, a communications and public policy expert, reeled out the policy, and they are:
1. Nigeria’s new visa policy allows Nigerians living abroad (who do not have a valid Nigerian passport) to visit home on a foreign passport – using the visa on arrival process. (You get an F9A visa)
2. You must have proof of registration with the Nigerian Embassy where you are based. (You’ll need to have some proof of being Nigerian – ID, birth certificate, etc)
3. The F9A visa will not permit a stay exceeding 90 days though, and is permitted for social and business visits.
4. You can also get the visa at the Embassy in your location, but the key point is that a visa-on-arrival pathway is an option.
Recall that a popular Twitter handle focused on projecting positive stories about Nigeria recently shared a list of 44 countries Nigerians can visit without necessarily obtaining a visa before travelling.
The countries include Senegal, Togo, Georgia, Ghana, Bangladesh, Somalia, Iran, Maldives, Seychelles, Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Gambia, Mali, Madagascar, Guinea, etc.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has named Dr. Uzoma Emenike as Nigeria’s Ambassador-designate to the United States of America.
Emenike from Abia state is currently the Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, with concurrent accreditation to Iceland.
With her appointment, Dr. Emenike has made history as the first female Nigerian ambassador to the USA.
In a related development, a non-governmental organization in Nigeria known as Global Peace Advocacy and Empowerment Initiative, GPAEI has congratulated the newly-elected president of the USA, Joe Biden.
The statement which was signed by the director-general of the organisation, Ambassador Sadiq Ibrahim, noted that the GPAEI will support the vision of Biden in affirming a strong and trusted collaboration for peace, progress, and security.