FG To Charge Foreigners: Over time, we discovered that some of the foreigners intentionally over-stay in Nigeria without regularizing their papers. The FG, therefore, have vowed to put an end to such abuse. A sanction fee has been introduced to discourage foreigners from staying in the country illegally.
According to the Ministry of Interior, the charges depends on the number of days overstayed. Foreigners would have to pay between $200 and $4,000. Similarly, the non-ECOWAS visitor who wished to stay for more than 56 days period, but not beyond 90 days would be made to pay a fine of $200 while those stayed for more than 90 days period, but less than 180 days would pay $1000. Also, a non-ECOWAS visitors who intend to stay in Nigeria or who overstays for more than 180 days period but not beyond 365 days would pay $2000. Those who stay in the country illegally FG to charge foreigners of such misconduct would be a fine of $4000.
The document from the ministry, states that the citizens of the Economic Community of West African States are exempted from the sanction as they can enter and reside in the country without visas. The Federal Government deemed it necessary to introduce the system in order to check foreigners who abuse visas given to them.
”However, in order to prevent corruption or leakage in the system, the government had contracted the concession to a firm that will work with officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS at various points for the remittance of the sanction fee. The concessionaire issues them a sanction ticket, which the visitor remits to a particular bank. For now, the regime is free of any form of corrupt practices and our men at various stations are cooperating with the officials.” This is Indeed a welcome development.