The need for businesses to expand their frontiers beyond local borders continue to drive movement of employees’ across the continents. In Nigeria, several immigration facilities are issued to foreign nationals based on the purpose and duration of visit. One of such facilities is the Temporary Work Permit (TWP) issued to highly skilled expatriate personnel, whose expertise is required for a short period of time to carry out specialized assignments, such as repairs of machines and equipment, after sales installations, maintenance and training.
Under the TWP visa extension policy, non-ECOWAS nationals and non-resident expatriates can legally stay beyond 56 days in Nigeria. Therefore, TWP visa holders, who intend to stay beyond the validity of their cable approval, can request for an extension (while still in the country) to complete their assignments. The visa can be extended up to 365 days, subject to approval and payment of associated statutory fees.
The extension policy will have a positive impact on business operations as holders of TWP visa would no longer need to hurriedly leave the country only to return on another visa for projects that require more than three months to complete. This will help to avoid unnecessary disruption tothe projects the permit holders are working on. In essence, the expert is no longer bound by the validity of the visitor’s pass endorsement issued at the point of arrival in Nigeria.
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