Temporary work permit (TWP) is a short time permit issued to foreigners encouraging them to work in Nigeria for a limited period of time. The Temporary Work Permit visa does not guarantee permeant residency in Nigeria. Foreigners coming into Nigeria for a short term employment purpose are expected to obtain the TWP by law from the Nigerian Consulate in their country of residence.

The foreigners eligible to obtain TWP are expatriates invited by corporate bodies registered in Nigeria to provide specialized skill services.

Procedure and Steps for TWP in Nigeria

  1. The first step for the TWP application is for the corporate body inviting the expatriate into Nigeria to file a formal request to the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) on behalf of the expatriates stating the details of the expatriate.
  2. The said application to CGI must be accompanied with the following documents in support of the application:
    • The company profile
    • Certificate of Incorporation of the company
    • CAC Forms evidencing particulars of directors and share capital of the company
    • Copy of data page of the Expatriates international passport
    • Evidence of existing contract or purchase/ importation of machinery or equipment and other documents that may be required.
  3. The foreign applicant is required to pay the necessary fee online and obtain the receipt of payment. It is important to note that a successful payment of fees does not mean the TWP permit has been approved.
  4. Upon the approval by the CGI, the Expatriate will apply at the Nigerian mission abroad accompany necessary requirements.

The maximum validity period for a Temporary Work Permit is 90 days from the date of application and applicant may be invited for an interview by the Nigerian Embassy where necessary.

The application fees to be paid by the applicant for the Temporary Work Permit are contained in the NIS schedule of fees

In conclusion, it is important that the above-established guidelines are followed when applying for a Temporary Work Permit visa in Nigeria, as failure to furnish necessary requirements and comply with application procedure may lead to a refusal of such application.

By the Immigration Law Team at Resolution Law Firm.


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