ECOWAS RESIDENCE CARD IN NIGERIA
ECOWAS residence permit is the approval given by countries under the Economic Community of West African States to citizens of other countries to come into any ECOWAS country for a given period of time. The ECOWAS treaty provides for free movement of citizens of the ECOWAS States within other member states.
The citizens of the member states of the ECOWAS Treaty that can obtain this permit in Nigeria are Burkina faso, Cote de voire, Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bassau, Guinea, Senegal, Siera-leone, Togo, Mali, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia. The nationals of these states can also be allowed to enter the territory of Nigeria and stay for a maximum of 90 days.
The permits to come into these countries are made available upon application for the particular category and payment of approved fees. The ECOWAS nations are required to register with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) after they have become resident in Nigeria. This is evidence by obtaining the ECOWAS Residence Card (ERC) from the Nigeria Immigrations.
Documents and procedure for the application of ECOWAS Residence Card.
For Individual applicants: The applicant must provide the following documents to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS):
Application by Corporations (Employers): Applicant must provide the following:
Renewal of ECOWAS Residence Card
After the expiration of 90 days the Applicant can apply for a renewal of the ECOWAS Residence Card from the immigration office.
Requirements for the renewal of ECOWAS Residence Card
In conclusion, the residence permit that can be obtained by foreign employers and their expatriate employees who are desirous of working or living in Nigeria and do not fall among the ECOWAS member states is CERPAC.
Written by Resolution Law Firm, Lagos Nigeria
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