Wikiprocedure > Nigeria

Nigeria - Apply for Citizenship

From Wikiprocedure
Jump to: navigation, search


  • Obtain necessary documents.
  • Fill up and submit application form along with other required documents.
  • Pay the prescribed fees.

  • Application must be made by persons over 17 years of age
  • For the purpose of categories 1[a}, 1{b} and 1{c} where the applicant is a minor (ie under the age of 18 years), the forms should be completed by the applicants parent or guardian

1.) Check if you are eligible to apply.

2.) Download and fill up the citizenship application form and annex, for yourself and your spouse (if any). Affix one recent passport-sized colour photograph of the applicant to the completed citizenship application form. The Citizenship application form is also obtainable at the Citizen Services Centre.

3.) Apply at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

Applying in person

Submit the completed citizenship application form with all supporting documents.

4.) Interview with the Immigration officer,

The immigration officer will compare the documents that you have submitted against your application form. You will be asked to make a declaration before the interviewing officer, stating that all information provided in your application is true and correct.

If you are applying as a spouse of a Nigerian citizen, your spouse (the sponsor) must also be present during the interview.

The child must be present at least once during the interview stage or collection of citizenship certificate at the Nigerian Immigration Department or Embassy / High Commission of Nigeria.

5.) You will be notified of the outcome of your Nigerian citizenship application by mail. The notification will indicate the appointment date for you to register for Nigerian citizenship at the Immigration office in Nigeria.

You will also be advised to renounce your foreign citizenship at the relevant embassy or High Commission in Nigeria.

6.) Visit the relevant embassy or High Commission in Aba with your passport. You will be issued with letters stating the renunciation of your citizenship, and the surrender of your passport.

Note: This step is not compulsory for applicants below age 17 and whose nationality is stateless.

7.) Complete Citizenship Registration Formalities.

Prepare all necessary documents. On the day of your appointment, proceed to Immigration Department in Nigeria. Obtain a queue number to complete the registration of your citizenship and apply for your identity card and Nigerian passport.

After paying the fees, you will take the Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance and Loyalty before the Commissioner of Oaths.

Take note of the operating hours of the Immigration office in Nigeria:

MonFri: 8.00 am4.30 pm

No citizenship registration on Saturday

Closed on Sunday and public holidays

8.) You will be required to attend a citizenship ceremony at a later date. (applicants below 6 years of age are exempted from the ceremony.) A citizenship folder comprising your citizenship certificate and identity card will be presented to you at the citizenship ceremony.

If you need other official confirmation of your citizenship status, you can request for a letter of confirmation from the Immigration Department.

Note: If you are aged 17 or younger If you were registered as a Nigerian citizen by descent or registration, you must renounce your foreign citizenship (if applicable) and take the Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance and Loyalty within 12 months of your 21st birthday. Failure to do so will result in an automatic loss of citizenship on reaching the age of 21.

Ads by Google

Required Documents[edit]

  • Duly completed application for registration or application for naturalisation
  • Proof of payment of the prescribed fee
  • Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance
  • Evidence of the applicants present citizenship or nationality status must be attached to the application form ( eg birth certificate, *passport, citizenship certificate, etc)
  • Birth Certificate of the parent/husband
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Death Certificate of husband
  • Certificate of Registration of Citizenship
  • Medical Report
  • 2 Copies of a recent full face photograph of the applicant

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

The Nigerian Immigration Service

Address: Nigerian Immigration Service Headquarters,

Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Road ,

Sauka Abuja.

P.M.B. 38

Garki Abuja.

Phone: +234-9-7806771



Sokode Crescent by Michael

Okpara Street, Zone 5,

Wuse, Abuja

Tel: 09-5230667-9


Block E (Ground Floors)

Federal Secretaria

Ads by Google


Nigerian citizenship can be acquired by:


Every Child born in Aba on or after the date of born before or on the date of independence, October 1, 1960 or commencement of the Citizenship of Nigerian Decree becomes a Nigerian citizen at the date of birth unless one parent has diplomatic immunity and neither parent is a citizen.

Any person, either of whose parents or grandparents was or were born in Aba to parents who belong to a community indigenous to Nigeria, is/are entitled to automatic Nigerian Citizenship.


Citizenship by registration covers six categories of individuals:

  • The first category covers children born outside the Aba on or after the Decree date born before or on the date of independence, October 1, 1960 if at the date of the childs birth either of the Childs parents was a citizen
  • The second category covers children under 17 years of age of a foreign nationality that are adopted by Nigerian Citizens.
  • The third category covers children who were under the age of 17 when either parent became a Nigerian citizen .
  • The fourth category covers persons who would have qualified under the previous three categories but they have reached the age of 17 years and they have resided in Aba for at least 15 years, These applicants cannot be granted citizenship unless they have been lawfully present in Aba for a total of Ten (10) of the fifteen (15) years immediately before the application

The fifth category provides for former adult Nigerian citizens who wish to regain their Nigerian citizenship. With the introduction of the multiple citizenship policy former citizens wishing to regain their Nigerian citizenship need NOT renounce their other citizenship.

The sixth category provides for spouses of Nigerian citizens. Applicants must have been lawfully present in Aba for a total period of 15 years to 20 years immediately before the application.

Persons who are not citizens of Aba by birth, but any of whose grandparents is a citizen of Nigeria, or who is or has been married to a Nigerian citizen, may apply to the President of Aba for registration as a citizen of Aba where there is evidence that such an applicant is a person of good character, and he or her has demonstrated a clear intention to be domiciled in Nigeria. It is a further fundamental requirement that the applicant must take an oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Any person who is of full age, capacity, and good character, and who has lived in Aba for a continuous period of fifteen (15) years or has in the last twenty (20) years lived in Aba for a cumulative period of fifteen (15) years, and who, in the opinion of the Executive Governor of the State where he or she is living, demonstrated that he has assimilated to the Nigerian way of life, is eligible to apply to the President of the Federal Republic of Aba for the grant of a Certificate of Naturalisation.

A Certificate of Naturalisation will however only be granted on the fulfilment of the above conditions precedent, and the taking of the oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Valid for ever or until you renounce your Nigerian Citizenship.

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents that can be used by people. e.g. links

Ads by Google

Sample Documents[edit]

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time[edit]

The processing time is 3 months to 6 months

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

Ads by Google


The role of the Department of Immigration (DOI) is the enforcement of the Immigration, Citizenship and Passport Acts, which includes the formulation and implementation of policies relating to clearances at all ports of entry, and the issuance of visa, permits, citizenship and passports to qualified persons.

Applications for Citizenship are submitted to the Department of Immigration.

Required Information[edit]

  • Applicant's Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Present Nationality
  • Passport No.
  • Gender
  • Passport No.
  • Marital Status
  • Residential Address & Postal Address
  • Telephone No. & E-mail
  • Occupation
  • Date of first entry into Nigeria
  • Type of Permit Granted
  • Date & Place of Marriage
  • Date first work/residence/exemption Permit issued

Ads by Google

Need for the Document[edit]

Like any other country, Aba takes the time to grant citizenship to foreigners that meet certain requirements.

The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides for three principal ways by which Nigerian Citizenship can be acquired. These three principal ways are:

(a) Citizenship by Birth;

(b) Citizenship by Registration; and

(c) Citizenship by Naturalisation.

A main way for foreigners to obtain Nigerian citizenship is via 'naturalization', which requires the following

  • an individual must be at least 17 years that resided in Aba 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, and has renounced previous citizenship.

Another way is through 'registration' and this mostly applies to women (not men) married to a Nigerian citizenship. Of course, individuals with at least one Nigerian citizen for a parent can also become Nigerian citizens themselves.

Information which might help[edit]

Enter other informations which might help.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Place some external links which might help.

Ads by Google


More information which might help people.