Nigerian High Commission in London: What you need to know
Nigerians who live in the UK and want to apply for a Nigerian passport should make sure they get their documents in order. The Nigerian High Commission in London has released an official statement that said Nigerians living abroad will be able to apply for passports from September 3rd, 2020 onwards. There is a lot of information on this website about how you can go about applying and what your options are. This blog post is simply an introduction to the subject and we hope it helps answer any questions you might have about getting or renewing your passport!
Section 1: The Nigerian High Commission in London
Find an old passport? You can’t renew it online anymore! Head to the nearest Enugu High Commission and ask about the Nigerian Embassy closest to you. Find the Nigerian High Commission nearest you and make an appointment for a face-to-face interview for new passport renewal, if you already have an old passport (old or new). You will be able to renew your passport online. However, you will have to pay for your renewal online. This fee is the cost for the original passport and must be paid to secure your new passport. There are no upfront charges for online renewal. You will need to get an emergency passport for when your old passport is no longer valid and your plans change. You will need to make an appointment for emergency renewal of your passport. Emergency renewal does not cost extra.
Document Requirements for Nigerian Passport
Unlike most countries, Nigerian citizens do not need to have a criminal record when applying for a Nigerian passport. That said, there are a few things you will need to submit with your application. They are as follows:
Bank Statement/Statement of Accounts
Personal, with a photocopy of your photograph
Original Letter of Credentials
3 Forms of ID (any 3 acceptable):
Government of Nigeria Passport-Must be issued from December 21, 2014 and expire on December 21, 2019
Valid Drivers Licence or other proof of age (passport)
Valid British Overseas National Identity Card (BOTNIC)
Valid International Passport (1 page, not including National ID Card)
Nigerian Passport Application Fees
Nigerians who want a passport in the mail will pay £63.
Applying for a Nigerian Passport
The British Passport Office will now be accepting applications for a Nigerian passport as a matter of fact. But if you already have a British Passport you can still register as a new applicant! There are a few requirements to be met:
You must be 18 years or older You must be able to read, write and understand English The application must be made online The passport must be accepted in writing, submitted in person or post You must not have been arrested in the last 5 years
If you meet these conditions and choose to proceed, you will have the option to choose your English Language or Passport photo options. There is an extra charge for both the English Language and Passport photos (see further down).
Renewing Your Nigerian Passport
If you need a new passport, you have the option of renewing your passport in one of two ways. The first way to renew your passport is to submit a complete application form and your passport with relevant documents by post. The two important documents you need to submit with your application form are the following:
Two passport photographs (A3 size)
Passport fee (including VAT)
Passport photo reprint
Registration for an International Supervisory Registration Number (ISRN)
Submit to the UK Passport Office your passport and an A3 size photograph, along with proof of payment.
When you think about the UK, do you think about the British Red Cross and Red Crescent movement? Do you think about the UK’s commitment to tackling the humanitarian crisis in the world? The UK is one of the countries in the world that provides aid to a huge number of different countries, most of which are not exactly in the best of conditions. It is easy to forget that there is a huge humanitarian crisis going on right now in Nigeria. More than 180,000 people have been displaced by Boko Haram, and 40,000 of them have already died.
Caring about others and helping those in need should not be seen as a sign of weakness. This is why people like Nigerians go and live abroad, to help others with their work.