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Monday, March 26, 2018

How To Apply For International Passport And Get It Very Fast (Everything You Need To Know)

How To Apply For International Passport And Get It Very Fast
In this post, you will practically learn how to apply for international passport and get it very fast in Nigeria. This article contains complete guide on how to get an international passport in Nigeria.

Getting international passport in some States take longer than others. For example, it is faster to get an international passport when you apply in Lagos than In Jigawa State. This is due to the fact that the passports are not produced in Jigawa State. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to apply for international passport and get it very fast. 

There are two ways you can apply for Nigerian international passport. It is either you apply online using the Nigeria immigration official website or you apply physically by visiting any immigration office of your choice. I will explain how to go about both methods.  

How To Apply For Nigerian International Passport Offline

Offline in this context means going to the immigration office yourself. This was the method I used to apply for my passport. An agent there will guide you through the whole process. However, it is more expensive than applying online.

You will need to submit a copy of the following documents to the immigration officer:
  1. Your local government or state of origin Identification Letter.
  2. Age declaration or Birth certificate
  3. Marriage certificate or marriage declaration (for female applicants only) in some cases, you might need to provide newspaper publication of change of name.
  4. Make photocopies of the valid international passport or your friend or relative together with his/ her national Identification card or driver’s license (this person will stand as your guarantor)
  5. 2 passport photographs or 4-6 because of age and marriage declaration.
For those with E-passport applying for re-issue:
All you need to renew your expired passport is to take the expired passport and 2 passport photographs to the immigration office.

How To Apply For Nigerian International Passport Online

Like I stated earlier, applyng for international passport online is less stressful.
You may want to see the full procedures below:

  1. Visit the Nigeria Immigration website and click the e-Passport application form.
  2. Fill the Application form correctly.
  3. Click the box that with “I Accept full responsibility for the information provided
  4. Click the “PRINT” Button to print filled form.
  5. Click on ‘Submit Application’ button to view ‘Applicant details page’
  6. Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”
  7. Enter your payment account details correctly.
  8. After payment, you would be presented a Validation Number.
  9. Keep the validation number for future use.You can also print a receipt by clicking the ‘Print the Receipt’ button

How To Use International Passport Validation Number:

After payment, having obtained the “Validation Number”, proceed to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment:
  1. Go to the “Query your Application Payment Status” and enter your Passport Application ID and Reference No.
  2. If a “Validation Number” field appears, enter the number from your ‘approved payment platform provider’ receipt.
  3. Click the “Search Record” button and you will be sent to the “Applicant’s Details” page where a date for your interview has been generated.
  4. You can now print a Receipt or an Acknowledgement Slip by using the buttons on this page. (You will need them for your interview).
  5. You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or Acknowledgement Slip in a new window. Click on “Print” button to send a copy to the printer.

Documents Required For Online International Passport Application

Just like the offline application method, the documents required for your Online Standard Passport application are:
  1. Local Government letter of identification.
  2. Birth certificate / age declaration.
  3. 2 recent colour passport photographs
  4. Guarantor’s form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate / High Court Judge
  5. Parents’ letter of consent for minors under 16 years
  6. Marriage certificate where applicable
  7. Police report in case of lost passport
  8. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission

For your Official International Passport, you need the documents below:
  1. Letter of introduction from appropriate State Government, Federal Government Ministry / Organization.
  2. Marriage certificate where applicable
  3. Police report in case of lost passport
  4. Letter of appointment / last promotion .
  5. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission

Important Notice: 

· Acknowledgment slip & payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs are applicable in all cases
· Print out copy of duly completed application form
· Take printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing
· A guarantor must attach the following documents
a. Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
b. Driving License or National Identity Card. 

The Fastest Way To Get Your International Passport

I don’t know how you may feel about this, however, the fastest way to get your international passport is when you do it offline and are connected to a top immigration officer. This was how I got mine with the speed of light.

Now you may be asking, is it better to apply for passport online or at immigration office? Applying online is less stressful, but meeting the immigration officer one-on-one will help you monitor the progress of your passport and it is usually faster to get your passport ready.

How Much Does It Cost To Get International Passport In Nigeria?

The cost of international passport varies directly as the number of pages in it. I got my international passport in Lagos State with the sum of thirty thousand naira (#30,000). See the breakdown of international passport price and cost of getting it as shown in immigration website below:


Booklet TypeAGE 0 – 17AGE 18 – 59AGE 60+
32 Pages8,75015,0008,750
64 Pages20,00020,00020,000

How to Check If Your Passport Is Ready

When you apply through an agent, he/she will inform you immediately the passport is ready. Generally, the names of those whose passport are ready will be pasted in the immigration notice board so if you applied directly from the immigration office, you are free to check their notice board to check if your international passport is ready.

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  1. Very nice and informative. Thanks for this wonderful compilation.

    1. You're welcome. Feel free to utilize the tips here so as to get your International Passport very fast whenever you apply for it.

  2. Please can you connect me with any immigration officer for me to process my passport. My email address is [email protected] Thanks

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