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Before applying for a worker permit, you must ensure that you have acquired employment in any registered company / organization in Nigeria. The employment company must be ready to act as sponsor for the applicant, if not an applicant must find a sponsor before applying for a work visa.

2.The purpose of sponsor is it confirms that an applicant shall be earning money during your stay in the country.

3.Take employment contract for approval at the ministry of labor and social security and interior in Nigeria;

4.Obtain an work permit application form and fill it in accurately and it must be dated and signed by the applicant;

5.Prepare all required documents mentioned and attach all necessary document;

6.Make necessary payments; and

7.Submit application to the Ministry of Labour , interior and Social security;

8.Upon submission of application to the Minister, it is either accepted or rejected. Accepted applicants then receive their work permit.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • A letter from the organization requesting a visa and stating the profession/ place of work/ contract duration/ and shall be signed by the *Country Director or his/her assistant in the country.
  • 3 recent and colored photo.
  • A copy of the passport which includes full name and other details.
  • A resume and academic qualification (in case of medical doctors/engineers/nurses).
  • A filled work permit application form
  • A copy of the technical agreement of the expected project
  • Proof of good conduct

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Nigerian Immigration Service Headquarters,

Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Road, Sauka Abuja

P.M.B. 38 Garki Abuja

Telephone: +234-9-7806771

Telephone +234 (1) 2714449,

Fax 234-4541452

Email Email


Maputo St., Wuse, Zone 3 (Opposite Nigeria

Custom Services), P.M.B. 130, Garki, Abuja

Tel: 09-5230185; 5230186; 5230189

Tafawa Balewa House, Federal Secretariat,

Central District, Abuja, FCT.

Suburb Fct 234 Country


P.M.B. 85, Garki Post Office

Old Federal Secretariat, Area 1, Garki

Block 'C', Abuja

Tel: 09-2341387; 2341721; 2341690



2nd Floor (257-237), Block 4A, New Federal

Secretariat Complex, Shehu Shagari Way

Central Area, Abuja

Tel: 09-5231694

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammed


Federal Ministry of Interior

Federal Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Plot 2, Kapital Street, Area 11, Garki., Abuja

Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.


Address: Block F, Abuja,

Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Tel 1: +234-9-671-3526

Ministry of Interior

Contact Addess


Old Secretariat Area l Garki Abuja FCT Abuja +234 Nigeria

Phone: +234-09-6713526

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All foreigners intending to work in Nigeria.


1.Processing fees 25,000 N

2.Grant of Work permit 50,000 N

3.Amendment of Work permit 25000 N



1. MISSIONARY CR $200 $400

2. STUDENTS CR $200 $400


4. CAMEROONIANS $240 $480

5. OTHERS AO $350 $700

Payment in Naira Equivalent.


A Nigerian work permit is valid for one year.

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Processing Time[edit]

It takes between 7 days to 30 days to process a Nigerian work permit

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It is easy for permanent employees to apply for A Nigerian work permit since they receive sponsorship from the employers.

The Nigerian work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that youll be earning money during your stay in the country.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contacts
  • date of birth
  • financial statement
  • employers details
  • occupation
  • qualification

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Need for the Document[edit]

Any non-Nigerian intending to establish a profession, business or trade in Nigeria must apply for and obtain a Business Permit from the Ministry of Interior before establishing any such enterprise; and any changes in such a business, from its name to its address, etc, must be communicated in advance to the Ministry of Interior.

The possession of a Business Permit does not however authorise the holder of the Business Permit to enter into or remain in Nigeria unless such a person is in possession of a valid Residence Permit; or, in the case of an alien (i.e. a non-commonwealth citizen), a valid Visa for residential purposes.

A Business Permit may at any time be revoked, varied or cancelled by the Minister of Interior.

All Non-Nigerian Citizens require a permit to work in Nigeria.

This should normally be arranged by the employer/sponsor in Nigeria at the Ministry of interior and Ministry of Labour, Public Service & Human Resources Development.

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