Nigeria has issued Immigration Regulations 2017, the biggest overhaul in 50 years to the country’s immigration rules. The regulations provide a legal framework for implementing the Immigration Act of 2015 and aim to bring Nigeria’s immigration system up to date with current geopolitical issues that range from fostering business and investment to combatting trafficking and other crimes.


Business-Related Provisions

The Immigration Regulations, released March 21 with immediate effect, contain a number of provisions that affect business immigration. In addition to liberalizing certain rules, such as making all foreign nationals eligible for visas on arrival and providing for in-country renewal of temporary work permits, the regulations also impose new compliance measures on companies and foreign nationals, including mandatory registration of foreigners and stricter penalties against companies and individuals who fail to renew their expatriate quotas or report their foreign worker numbers or commit other immigration-related offenses.

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