Nigeria increases price of Expatriate Residence Permit to $2,000
London, Dec 24, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Federal Government of Nigeria has increased the cost of the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (Green cards) to $2,000
The new price was effected last week without warning by the Ministry of Interior, a development that reportedly caught many foreigners unawares.
The development first reported by a leading Nigerian newspaper was confirmed by a correspondent of Alternativeafrica.com in London who was told by one of the affected resident that many of them got to know of the development from their respective banks while attempting to pay for a renewed permit.
A check on the website of the Nigerian Immigration Service on Monday shows that the service still displays the old rate of $1000 “$1,000 per annum (Naira equivalent) for all categories of expatriates and $400 per annum (Naira equivalent) for students and Missionaries”
The CERPAC card is mandatory for expatriates who are either residing or working in Nigeria or visiting for long periods (that is beyond 56 days) and seamen who stay ashore beyond 28 days.
The card which is produced by a firm, Continental Transfer Technique Limited for the Nigeria Immigration Service, is valid for a year.
The Federal Government generated N1.2 billion between 2016 and 2017 from the sale of the cards to foreigners.
Multiple sources explained that the foreigners were jolted by the price hike which they claimed ignorant of.
A source said, “Many of the foreigners could not obtain the card last week on hearing that the price had been hiked by 100 per cent by the Ministry of Interior. Most of them simply went back home because they were shocked by the development which they felt was uncalled for.”
But the Director of Press, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, said he had no information on the development, promising to find out during the week. (Punch)