How to apply for your Nigerian passport and pay the official rates without being overcharged 

 

 

 

Given the growing interest of Nigerians especially those under the “young generation” category,  to travel outside the shores of the country either study or for greener pastures, it’s  important to create this content for the purpose of enlightenment and clarity for every Nigerian who may wish to begin the process of passport  acquisition.

Recruitmentweb.org.ng has always been on the lookouts to make issues bordering on job vacancies,  travelling abroad and scholarship, easy for Nigerians.

Let’s start by stating  that the first thing you need to know when applying for a Nigerian international passport is that the official rates for it differs from state.

In states like FCT, Lagos and Rivers, the official price for a 64-page Nigerian passport with 10-year validity period is N70,000, while that with five years validity is N35,000.

The official  amount approved  by the Federal Government for applicants who want to get  the new 32-page passport with a five-year validity period, is N25,000 in these two states and the FCT.

The rate is however more affordable in other states of the federation.

In other states, applicants pay N17,000 for the 32-page and N22,000 for the 64-page. The both come with a 5-year validity period, resrespectively.

Sadly,  the ‘Nigerian factor’ of corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of things like this. The official rates have been doubled and sometimes tripled for the average Nigerian applicants.

There are cases where applicants pay as much as N50,000 or more  to get the 32-page passport with five years validity period instead of N25,000, while the 64- page passport with 10-year validity is gotten by some for as high as N250,000.

The extra money you pay outside the official rates are pure extortions as they do not go to the government’s purpurse.

Corrupt Immigration officials use tactics like “no booklets” and “no networks” etc to compel the unsuspecting public into paying extra to get their passports. Also, there is the issue of those who are in a hurry who willingly pay bribes to expedite their passports process.

The question is; amidst this sad reality, is all hope lost? The answer  is No! There is a way one can avoid being overcharged by unscrupulous elements in immigration offices across the cocountry.

One way and the easiest is to apply online at:

https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/passport/epassport

By adopting  the online  application  method you can select your state and nearest immigration office that you will visit afterwards for capture. You can make all payments online thereby eliminating the possibility of extortions.

Thereafter,  you will still visit an immigration office for capture. Very important! They will use many ways to make you frustrated so as to give in for their unlawful extortions. But insist,  and don’t give in. It’s your right.  Defend it.

By following the above process,  you will spend less and pay the official rate when going to process your Nigerian international passport.

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