The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced the reopening of its portal for passport application and payment.
The announcement was made in a statement by Amos Okpu, the Immigration Service spokesman in Abuja on Tuesday.
Muhammad Babandede, the Comptroller-General of the NIS said the portal started working from 12 midnight on Tuesday.
Babandede said the portal would allow applicants apply and pay for the various categories of passports they want.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, ordered the closing of the portal on the 17th of May to allow the immigration service clear the backlog of applications in issuing centres across Nigeria in the past few months.
The CG of the NIS revealed that payments and applications for new passports have commenced with the reopening of the portal.
“Applications and payments for passport services shall be made through the service website, www.immigration.gov.ng. Applicants are expected to visit the portal to apply and upload their support documents for vetting and processing.
“A chat room facility to guide applicants through the application and payment process has been provided on the portal.
“Upon successful applications, applicants shall make their online booking interview/enrollment appointment on any day, time, and location they consider convenient.
“The new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrollment at the selected issuing centre shall be six weeks for fresh applications and three weeks for re-issue (renewal applications).”
He also added that those who have applied would be reached when their passports are ready via email addresses and phone numbers provided during registration.