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MARRIAGE

How do I have access to eCitiBiz Portal?

You need to register with a valid email address and a valid phone number.

I’VE FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD. WHAT DO I DO?

Access the ‘Forgot Your Password’ page by clicking on the link on the login screen and follow the prompts.

How do I change my password?

For you to change your password, you must be logged in.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MARRIAGE?

There are officially three legally recognized marriage OPTIONS in Nigeria. However, the implications of each marriage type vary from the other significantly.

1. Customary Law Marriage which is intrinsically polygamous in nature

2. Islamic Marriage (Nikka) which also has a polygamous nature

3. Statutory Marriage which is monogamous

Your marriage type could affect succession rights. there is no record by government on Customary and Islamic marriages.

WHAT IS ATTESTATION OF MARITAL STATUS?

Attestation of marital status is a process of verifying and validating the marital status of an individual/couple

WHAT DOES THE MARRIAGE ACT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA SAY?

The law governing statutory marriage in Nigeria is the Marriage Act – CAP M6 L.F.N. 2004.

Some very important questions that would help our understanding on statutory marriage in

nigeria are;

WHERE CAN STATUTORY MARRIAGE BE CONDUCTED?

1. Marriage Registry

2. Licenced Place Of Worship

WHERE DO WE SUBMIT THE LISTED DOCUMENTS?

Visit the Ministry of Interior Citizenship and Business Department portal at www.ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng to upload the documents online or send the listed documents to the Registrar of the marriage Registry close to you.

1. The Registrar, Federal Marriage Registry, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State

2. The Registrar, Federal Marriage Registry, 28 Borno Street, Area 10, Garki, Abuja

3. The Registrar, Federal Marriage Registry, 11A Gapiona Road, Off Benoni Road, GRA, Benin City, Edo State

4. The Registrar, Federal Marriage Registry, 12 Bishop S.I. Nwaogu Crescent, Adjacent To Owerri

Sports Club, New Owerri, Owerri-Imo State

5. The Registrar, Federal Marriage Registry, 40B Railway Close, D/Line, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State

6. The Registrar, Federal Marriage Registry, 31 TY Danjuman Street, Hotoro GRA, Off Shehu Kazaure

Rd, Kano, Kano State

You are adviced to use NIPOST, FEDEX or DHL to send your documents to the Registrar.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CONDUCT A STATUTORY MARRIAGE?

1. Form A (Notice of Marriage)

2. Form C (Licence to Marry or Registrar’s Certificate)

3. Form E (Marriage Licence)

WHO IS A BACHELOR/SPINSTER

Bachelor/spinster is a man/woman that has never been married.

WHO IS A SINGLE WITH CHILD/CHILDREN

Single with child/children is a man/woman that has child/children and is not yet married.

WHO IS SAME WIFE/SAME HUSBAND

Same wife/same husband is a man/woman who is already married to his/her wife/husband under the customary law

IF A PLACE OF WORSHIP IS REGISTERED WITH CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) DOES THAT GUARANTEE THE LICENSING OF THAT PLACE OF WORSHIP TO CONDUCT MARRIAGES?

 No. The licensing of a Place of Worship is only done by the Minister of Interior after submission of the documents for licensing by the Place of Worship.

WHO IS A DIVORCEE?

Divorcee is a man/woman that is no longer married.

WHO IS A WIDOW/WIDOWER?

Widow/widower is a woman/man whose partner is late (dead).

WHAT IS THE IMPLICATION OF GIVING FALSE INFORMATION IN MY AFFIDAVIT/DOCUMENTS?

It’s an offence/perjury under the Marriage Act – CAP M6 F.L.N. 2004 and Matrimonial Causes Act. It could lead to legal action taken against the offender.

CAN I GET MARRIED AT ANY DAY AND TIME AT THE REGISTRY?

At the Federal Marriage Registry, weddings are usually conducted from Wednesdays to Saturdays with exception of public holidays and Sundays.

Please note that special applications are considered on request for Mondays and Tuesdays.

WHAT IS THE IMPLICATION OF INCOMPLETE DOCUMENTATION BEFORE MARRIAGE?

Marriage will not be conducted.

CAN I GET MARRIED AT THE REGISTRY AND AT MY PLACE OF WORSHIP thereby HAVING TWO MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES AT THE SAME TIME?

Not possible, because they will be issuing the same certificates if it is a licensed Place of Worship. If it is not at a licensed Place of Worship, the marriage certificate will not be recognized before the law.

CAN WE USE THE SAME RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AS A BACHELOR AND A SPINSTER?

No. It is expected that you are not living together before marriage.

 

CAN I GET MARRIED AT THE MARRIAGE REGISTRY AND FEW YEARS LATER GET MARRIED TO SOMEONE ELSE UNDER THE CUSTOMARY LAW?

No. You cannot get married to someone else, except the previous marriage has been dissolved. According to the Marriage ACT, a person is to be legally married to only one spouse at a time.

WHO ISSUES A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE WHEN IT IS LOST?

If you lose your original marriage certificate, you apply for a certified true copy of it from the marriage registry where the marriage took place.

Do I get a new marriage certificate when the previous one is lost?

No, you will not be issued a new marriage certificate. You will only be issued what is called Certified True Copy (CTC).

WHICH OF THE COURTS HAS THE JURISDICTION FOR ISSUES ARISING FROM A STATUTORY MARRIAGE?

Only the High Court has the jurisdiction.

CAN THE MARRIAGE REGISTRY/PUBLIC PLACE OF WORSHIP DISSOLVE A STATUTORY MARRIAGE?

No, the Marriage Registry/public Place of Worship cannot dissolve a statutory marriage.

HOW DO I PROCESS A CERTIFIED TRUE COPY (CTC) OF A STATUTORY MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

You will need to apply for the Certified True Copy Of Document (CTC) on the eCitiBiz.com portal.

1.Go to marriage on the portal menu

2. Select ‘Apply For Certified True Copy Of Document’.

3. After filling the form and making the necessary payment,

A Certified True Copy Of Document (CTC) would be issued if you meet all requirements.

Mrs A IS MARRIED TO Mr B. Mr B LEFT Mrs A FOR SOME YEARS WITHOUT COMMUNICATING WITH HER. CAN Mrs A GET MARRIED TO ANOTHER MAN?

No, she cannot until the first marriage is finally dissolved by a court of competent jurisdiction.

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE ENTITLED TO SIGN ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE AND HOW MANY ARE THEY?

The bride, the groom, the bride’s father, the groom’s father and marriage registrar/officiating minister.

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SIGNATURES OF THE FIVE PEOPLE ON THE STATUTORY MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

They serve as witnesses to the statutory marriage.

HOW CAN STATUTORY MARRIAGE BE ANNULLED OR DISSOLVED?

The Matrimonial Causes Act is the applicable law for the dissolution of any statutory marriage.

Where is the Federal Marriage Registry located?

You can check here on our ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng portal to view the location and address of all Federal Marriage Registries.

HOW CAN THE PUBLIC MAKE ENQUIRIES WITHOUT GOING TO THE REGISTRY?

Check here on our ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng portal to get the contact details for each marriage Registry.

What are the requirements for applying for marriage?

Check here for all requirements regarding marriage applications.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO APPLY FOR MARRIAGE?

Applying for marriage is very affordable. Check here to view the fee details for marriage applications.

CAN I GET MARRIED THE SAME DAY I DID MY FILING?

Marriage cannot be consummated the same day but after 21 days for Ordinary Marriage, or 7 days for Special Marriage.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I DELAY IN RENEWING ANY OF MY QUOTA POSITION UPON EXPIRATION?
Every company is expected to renew to renew its quota position within a certain period, therefore, if for any reason a company could not meet up, an application for stay of actionis required from the company to solicits on behalf of the delay, otherwise, faces the legal action by the Nigerian Immigration Service.
How many places of worship are registered?

Confirmation can be made at the Federal Marriage Registry.

IS THE FEDERAL MARRIAGE REGISTRY A COURT OF LAW?

No, it is not.

WHO IS AN UNDERAGED?

In accordance with the Marriage Act, a person is underage if he/she is under 21 years of age.

Can anyone be a witness?

Any matured relatives. Father/Mother as first witness.

IS FORM C AND D EQUIVALENT TO MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

No, they are not the marriage certificate but the property of the Registry and are kept at the Registry.

CAN I CONTACT MINISTRY OF INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND BUSINESS TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

No. Please check your status online. Once your application is approved or rejected, a message will be sent to your registered phone number and email address.

 

 

I ENTERED ONE OR MORE OF MY PERSONAL INFORMATION INCORRECTLY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Applicants are advised to ensure that the information provided is correct before submitting their application. If you submitted incorrect information, contact us at Info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or call +234 (0) 9 462 1505 if need be.

I have completed my application and made payment but there is no email or phone confirmation stating whether it is successful or not. What do I do?

In case you do not receive any confirmation email from us, Please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder before contacting us. If you still don’t get the confirmation email, Please contact us at info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or Call +234 (0) 908 589 9991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992.

Do I get a refund if my application is rejected?

Payment of the processing fee does not guarantee approval of the service you are applying for. Unfortunately, we are not able to refund as we have clearly stated in our Terms & Conditions.

WHAT IS THE PROCESSING TIME FOR MARRIAGE APPLICATION?

Under normal circumstance, processing of marriage application can take up to 7days or 21 days, depending on the type of marriage you are applying for. 7days for Special Marriage and 21days for Ordinary Marriage. Therefore, it is advisable to apply early.

HOW DO COUPLES KEEP THEIR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

Couples are advised to keep their marriage certificates in a SCROLL.

 

 

What does Interpretation of the Act say?
It is important to note that statutory marriages are voluntary union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others during the continuance of that marriage.
WHAT DOES VERIFICATION OF DOCUMENT MEAN?

This is a facility available for third party agencies who are seeking to verify the authenticity of the documents provided by the couples, to enable them liaise with the appropriate authorities to verify the provided documents.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR COUPLES TO CHANGE THEIR MARRIAGE VENUE?

Yes, couples who do not want to take their marriage oath at the marriage Registry can inform the marriage Registrar to conduct their marriage oath outside the Registry. 

Go to the eCitiBiz Portal,  under the marriage menu, provide the following details;

1) The new marriage venue

2) Marriage date

3) The reason for change of venue.

How Can We Get Certified True Copy of Document?

You can get the certified true copy of documents by submitting your application online on the portal under the marriage menu and filling all the necessary fields.

Where can I celebrate my marriage other than the Federal Marriage Registry?

You can celebrate your marriage at any recognized and licensed place of worship. Your Place of Worship must first be registered and licensed by the Federal Ministry of Interior.

IS CHURCH MARRIAGE THE SAME AS STATUTORY MARRIAGE?

A church marriage will translate to statutory marriage when conditions for statutory marriages are fulfilled. A licensed church is authorized to conduct a statutory marriage (after all due diligence).

HE LIVES ABROAD AND I STAY IN NIGERIA, CAN WE STILL CONSUMMATE OUR MARRIAGE AT THE REGISTRY?

 No.  You cannot conduct marriage by proxy or in absentia.

Can I Reapply for Re-Issue If I Lose My Marriage Certificate?

Yes! You can reapply for re-issue of your marriage certificate under the marriage menu on the portal.

IF I GOT MARRIED AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MARRIAGE REGISTRY, IS MY MARRIAGE LEGAL?

No, It Is only marriages conducted at the Federal Marriage Registries that are recognized and legal.

IF I GOT MARRIED IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MARRIAGE REGISTRY, HOW CAN I GET A FEDERAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

You can apply for Recertification of your marriage certificate through the eCitiBiz portal.

PLACE OF WORSHIP

How do I have access to eCitiBiz Portal?

You need to register with a valid email address and a valid phone number.

I’VE FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD. WHAT DO I DO?

Access the ‘Forgot Your Password’ page by clicking on the link on the login screen and follow the prompts.

How do I change my password?

For you to change your password, you must be logged in.

WHAT ARE LICENCED PLACE OF WORSHIP?

These are place of worship that have fulfilled conditions for registration by the Federal Ministry of Interior. Documents to submit before a Place of Worship is licensed includes:

1. A letter from the head or parent of the Place of Worship

2. A copy of the constitution of the Place of Worship

3. The pictures of internal and external structure

4. CAC document

5. 2 passport photograph of the Pastor/Imam or Place of Worship representative

6. Pastor’s ordination certificate

7. Pastor’s ID Card, either national ID, drivers licence or international passport

8. Right of ownership/Certificate of occupancy.

9. Payment of fees.

CAN A PUBLIC PLACE OF WORSHIP CONDUCT A STATUTORY MARRIAGE?

Yes. As long as they are licensed with the Federal Ministry of Interior.

WHAT IS A PLACE OF WORSHIP LICENCE?

This is a permit that enables licenced Places of Worship to conduct statutory marriage.

CAN A NON LICENCED PLACE OF WORSHIP CONDUCT MARRIAGES?

Yes. They can conduct marriages but such marriages are not recognized by law.

WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS & OBLIGATIONS OF LICENCED PLACE OF WORSHIP?

1. Each licensed Place of Worship is authorized to conduct statutory marriages (after all due diligence)

2. Each registered Place of Worship is entitled to books of marriage certificates which it must issue as evidence of statutory marriage between respective couples.

3. Each licensed Place of Worship is regarded as an extension of government as regards the conduct of marriage.

4. Books of marriage certificates shall be kept by recognized ministers of the registered Place of Worship, under lock and key.

5. Each couple wedding in a licensed Place of Worship shall be issued a properly completed statutory federal government marriage certificate as evidence of their marriage.

6. Only one (1) marriage certificate shall be issued to a couple for their marriage.

7. Where a couple has been joined in matrimony at the Federal Marriage Registries, they are validly joined before God and the law. They cannot be joined again in another Place of Worship or issued another marriage certificate. They may however present themselves for celebration and blessing of the marriage.

8. A copy of the marriage certificate shall be issued to the couple.

9. A copy of the marriage certificate shall be retained by the licenced Place of Worship.

10. A copy of the marriage certificate shall be returned by the licenced Place of Worship (not by the couple) to the Federal Marriage Registry where the oath took place not later than ......

IS THERE ANY IMPLICATION OF A PLACE OF WORSHIP CONDUCTING MARRIAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR?

It is illegal. The marriage would be considered null and void, and no court proceeding can be carried out if a case arises concerning the marriage. Such a marriage would not be recognized under the Law of the Federation.

CAN LICENCED PLACE OF WORSHIP WED THEIR MEMBERS ACCORDING TO THE TENETS OF THE FAITH OF SUCH WORSHIP CENTRES?
Yes.
CAN THE LICENCED PLACE OF WORSHIP HELP THEIR INTENDING COUPLE REGISTER?

Yes. Registration of couples online can be done anywhere and by anyone.

HOW CAN WE CONTACT YOU IF WE HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

You can contact us for further questions on the ‘Contact Us’ page at www.ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng

ARE PLACES OF WORSHIP REQUIRED TO RENEW THEIR LICENCE?

Yes. After first registration, subsequently this is done on a yearly basis with the renewal fee of ?30,000 to show or prove that the Place of Worship is still in existence.

CAN I CONTACT MINISTRY OF INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND BUSINESS TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

No. Please check your status online. Once your application is approved or rejected, a message will be sent to your registered phone number and email address.

I entered one or more of my Personal information incorrectly. What should I do?

Applicants are advised to ensure that the information provided is correct before submitting their application. If you submitted incorrect information, contact us at Info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or call +234 (0) 908 5899991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992 if need be.

I have completed my application and made payment but there is no email or phone confirmation stating whether it is successful or not. What do I do?

In case you do not receive any confirmation email from us, Please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder before contacting us. If you still don’t get the confirmation email, Please contact us at info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or Call +234 (0) 908 589 9991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992.

Do I get a refund if my application is rejected?

Payment of the processing fee does not guarantee approval of the service you are applying for. Unfortunately, we are not able to refund as we have clearly stated in our Terms & Conditions.

WHAT IS THE PROCESSING TIME FOR ALL THE PLACE OF WORSHIP SERVICES?

 Under normal circumstance, processing can take up to 30 days though it can be earlier. Therefore, it is advisable to apply early.

What is the implication where Places of Worship wed couples without the involvement of Government?
Such a marriage is not a statutory marriage and as such is otherwise known as invalid by the Federal Government and would be unrecognised.

CITIZENSHIP

How do I have access to eCitiBiz Portal?

You need to register with a valid email address and a valid phone number.

I’VE FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD. WHAT DO I DO?

Access the ‘Forgot Your Password’ page by clicking on the link on the login screen and follow the prompts.

How do I change my password?

For you to change your password, you must be logged in.

HOW CAN I BECOME A NIGERIAN CITIZEN?

There are three (3) ways for foreigners to obtain Nigerian citizenship

A. Naturalization

  • An individual must be at least 18 years of age and has resided in Nigeria for at least 15 years.
  • Is of good character
  • Plans to remain in Nigeria
  • Is familiar with Nigerian language and customs
  • Has a viable means of support

B. Registration

  • This applies to any woman who is or has been married to a citizen of Nigeria; or
  • every person of full age and capacity born outside Nigeria any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria.

C. Confirmation

  • This applies to every person born in Nigeria after the date of independence either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria; and
  • Every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BECOME NATURALIZED NIGERIAN CITIZEN?

Until reports from all relevant agencies are submitted and processed.

The Application will be sent to the Federal Executive Council for approval by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

WHAT IS CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION?

According to section 27 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). It is a facility given to foreigner who has

  • Resided in Nigeria for a continuous period of fifteen years; or
  • Resided in Nigeria continuously for a period of twelve months, and during the period of twenty years immediately preceding that period of twelve months has           resided in Nigeria for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than fifteen years.

Subject to the president’s Approval.

Can one change his/her name when they naturalize?
Yes. If you provide proof that you have already changed your name according the legal requirement of a person living in your state. Or if you are going to take the Oath of Allegiance of a Naturalization ceremony that is held in court, you may ask the court to change your name. if the court grants your request, your new name will appear in your certificate of Naturalization.
WHAT CAN I DO IF MY APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION IS DENIED?

You will need to address and revisit the reasons given accordingly, then you may reapply, but you will need to complete a new application form on the portal and pay the fees again. All previously required documents will still be provided.

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WHAT DO I DO IF I LOSE MY CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION?

If a naturalized citizen lose his/her certificate, he/she can apply for Certified True Copy (CTC) with proof of loss (Police Report) and pay the necessary fees.

WHO IS A NIGERIAN ?

Subject to the provisions of section 28 of the Constitution, every person born in Nigeria after the date of Independence (October 1st 1960), either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents belongs or belonged to a community indigenous to Nigeria;

1) Provided that a person shall not become a citizen of Nigeria by virtue of this section if neither of his parents nor any of his grandparents was born in Nigeria. Or,

2) Every person born outside Nigeria either of whose parents is a citizen of Nigeria.

WHAT IS RENUNCIATION OF NIGERIAN CITIZENSHIP?

 According to section 29 of Nigerian constitution, this is a facility given to Nigerian citizen who wants to take up citizenship of another nationality.

CAN I CONTACT MINISTRY OF INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND BUSINESS TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

No. Please check your status online. Once your application is approved or rejected, a message will be sent to your registered phone number and email address.

I entered one or more of my Personal information incorrectly. What should I do?

Applicants are advised to ensure that the information provided is correct before submitting their application. If you submitted incorrect information, contact us at Info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or call +234 (0) 908 5899991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992 if need be.

I have completed my application and made payment but there is no email or phone confirmation stating whether it is successful or not. What do I do?

In case you do not receive any confirmation email from us, Please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder before contacting us. If you still don’t get the confirmation email, Please contact us at info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or Call +234 (0) 908 589 9991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992.

Do I get a refund if my application is rejected?

Payment of the processing fee does not guarantee approval of the service you are applying for. Unfortunately, we are not able to refund as we have clearly stated in our Terms & Conditions.

What is the processing time for all the services?

Under normal circumstance, processing can take up to 7days, though it can be earlier. Therefore it is advisable to apply early.

EXPATRIATE QUOTA

How do I have access to eCitiBiz Portal?

You need to register with a valid email address and a valid phone number.

I’VE FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD. WHAT DO I DO?

Access the ‘Forgot Your Password’ page by clicking on the link on the login screen and follow the prompts.

How do I change my password?

For you to change your password, you must be logged in.

WHAT IS BUSINESS PERMIT?

Business permit is a facility issued to wholly foreign/joint venture companies seeking to establish business in Nigeria.

CAN WHOLLY FOREIGN/JOINT VENTURE COMPANY APPLY FOR GRANT OF EXPATRIATE QUOTA WITHOUT BUSINESS PERMIT?

No. Such company should have obtained their business permit before applying for expatriate quota or both at the same time.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR AMENDMENT OF BUSINESS PERMIT?

A wholly foreign/joint venture company after acquiring a business permit, changes in either the composition of the board of directors, board resolutions, location of business or line of activities duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) may request for the appropriate amendments.

WHAT IS ESTABLISHMENT GRANT?
Establishment grant is a service that is applicable to wholly foreign, joint ventures, indigenous and NGOs etc to enable them seek for fresh expatriate quota positions to assist in their business.however, to note that emphasis would be placed on employment of Nigerians to understudy the foreign experts for the purpose of training them, to enable the understudies acquire relevant skills for the eventual take-over of the expatriate quota positions. These positions are renewable after three (3) years of first grants and required the filling of form stating the desired position, position description and basic relevant qualifications.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR BUSINESS PERMIT AND HOW?

This service is applicable to wholly foreign/joint venture owned companies that are fresh.

  • The company is required to fill the company details in the field provided and submit.
  • The application will be processed and when approved, the company pay for the business permit.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR ESTABLISHMENT GRANT AND HOW?

This service is applicable to wholly foreign/joint venture/indigenous/ngo/state government owned companies.

  • The company is required to fill the company details in the field provided and also state the desired positions, position descriptions and basic relevant qualifications of the position for each position required and submit.
  • However, the application will be processed and when approved, the company pay for the approved number of Establishment Grant.
WHAT IS RENEWAL OF EXPATRIATE QUOTA?

It is a facility granted to a company that was earlier granted expatriate quota positions for a period of  two (2) years.

WHAT IS ADDITIONAL GRANT?

A company may seek for additional grant if it already has establishment grant and realizes that it needs some additional relevant positions of whose skills could not be sourced locally to add to its quota.

IF THE APPROVAL DOES NOT FAVOUR MY REQUEST, WHAT WILL I DO?

A company is advised to APPEAL for the under shot to be granted stating necessary reasons for reconsideration. The action acted on any of the expatriate services, e.g:- a company applied for 10 expatriate quota positions and was granted only 4 or less than the numbers applied for, therefore, the company will appeal for the reconsideration of the application .

HOW LONG CAN A COMPANY MAINTAIN EXPATRIATE QUOTA POSITION?

A quota has a ten (10) year life span after which it is tagged non-renewable. A company may request for Dettaging.

WHAT IS DETAGGING?

This is a reactivation of a quota position whose 10 years life span has expired.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR DETAGGING AND ON WHAT CONDITIONS ?

It is for a company whose ten years life span has expired but still currently requires the services of the expatriate to complete the project at hand.

CAN WE REDESIGNATE A QUOTA POSITION?

Yes. In a case where a company has difficulty in filling a particular position owing to exigency of operations, it is at liberty to apply for the Redesignation of the affected position and this will be considered, purely on its own merit.

WHAT IS UPGRADE TO PERMANENT UNTIL REVIEWED (PUR)?

This is a facility granted to top foreign investors/critical personnels to enable them stay longer in the country to protect their interest for a period of 10 years.

WHAT IS RESTORATION OF EXPATRIATE QUOTA?

This is the reactivation of expatriate quota position that was not renewed as at when due. It attracts a penalty per slot.

CAN A FRESH FOREIGN SUBSCRIBERS OR EXPATRIATES BE UPGRADED TO PUR STATUS?
Yes! Here a company is seeking for fresh expatriate quota and also requesting that either two or three of its core positions be place on PUR status to enable the foreign subscriber(s) adequately protect their interest and to give them a sense of greater commitment until there is a review in the government policy.
HOW CAN WE REVALIDATE OUR PUR SLOTS IN CASES OF A REVIEW IN THE GOVERNMENT POLICY?
In a case where there is a review in the government policy, and whenever this happens, all companies having expatriate quota positions on Permanent Until Review (PUR) status should apply for the Revalidation of affected positions and it will be considered.
CAN I CONTACT MINISTRY OF INTERIOR, DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND BUSINESS TO CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

No. Please check your status online. Once your application is approved or rejected, a message will be sent to your registered phone number and email address.

I entered one or more of my Personal information incorrectly. What should I do?

Applicants are advised to ensure that the information provided is correct before submitting their application. If you submitted incorrect information, contact us at Info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or call +234 (0) 908 5899991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992 if need be.

I have completed my application and made payment but there is no email or phone confirmation stating whether it is successful or not. What do I do?

In case you do not receive any confirmation email from us, Please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder before contacting us. If you still don’t get the confirmation email, Please contact us at info@ecitibiz.interior.gov.ng or Call +234 (0) 908 589 9991 or +234 (0) 908 589 9992.

Do I get a refund if my application is rejected?

Payment of the processing fee does not guarantee approval of the service you are applying for. Unfortunately, we are not able to refund as we have clearly stated in our Terms & Conditions.

What is the processing time for all the services?

Under normal circumstance, processing can take up to 7days, though it can be earlier. Therefore it is advisable to apply early.