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General News of Sunday, 25 December 2022


Immigration outlines three easy steps to fast-track passport renewal process in two weeks

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The Nigerian Immigration Service has outlined a fast-track process for the renewal of passports by Nigerians living in the diaspora.

The three-step process is intended to aid Nigerians returning home with an expired passport from their country of residence.

The fast-track process according to the NIS will make it easy to receive new passports in two weeks.

The tweet noted that the ongoing program will run from December 12, 2022, to January 31, 2023, spanning the entire period of stay during the yuletide season for Nigerians returning from abroad

Steps for the passport renewal in two weeks

Step 1 – Register online through the online registration portal

Log in to the passport application portal at and apply online. The application process includes making payment for your preferred passport type via approved payment platforms.

Also, note that you will need your National Identification Number (NIN) for your passport application. You are also to ensure that your personal information in the passport application matches the information on the NIN and vice versa; otherwise, the process cannot be completed, Businesspost reports.

Step 2- Visit the Diaspora Desk at any international airport in Nigeria

On arrival into Nigeria via any of the international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt, locate the diaspora desk and provide your application details. You will then be given a fast-track letter (this letter overrides the date on your online application, so no panicking) to any passport office of your choice.

Step 3 – Capture Your biometric information

Visit your preferred passport office between Monday and Wednesday. Once you get there, your biometrics, including your photo and fingerprints, will be captured, and your passport will be produced and ready in two weeks. If you have any enquiries or complaints concerning the passport renewal process, tweet at @nigimmigration or send an email to

The special diaspora fast-track passport renewal programme is an initiative of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Ministry of Interior. This initiative is supported by all aviation authorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Heads of Foreign Missions, Immigration Attaches, all Airport Controllers, and local and international airline operators.