THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS RECIPROCITY IN TIMELINE FOR ISSUANCE OF VISAS TO FOREIGN NATIONALS.

    THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS RECIPROCITY IN TIMELINE FOR ISSUANCE OF VISAS TO FOREIGN NATIONALS.

    On Monday, October 16, 2017 The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama in a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede issued a warning that Nigeria would no longer tolerate delay in issuance of visas to its nationals from any country.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • The Federal Government is taking steps to ensure that reciprocity will apply going forward in terms of timeline for issuance of visas to Foreign Nationals seeking to come into Nigeria.
    • It was stressed at the meeting that Nigeria is still committed to her Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria Agenda.
    • The Ministry of Interior, Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigerian consulates abroad would work together in ensuring the success of the reciprocity policy.

    CONCLUSION

    It is expected that this measure when put in place will ensure a seamless travel for holders of Nigerian passports and citizens of other countries looking to visit Nigeria for business and other purposes as long as Foreign Missions of these countries in Nigeria do not arbitrarily delay issuance of visas to Nigerians.

    For more information on this briefing, please contact Adekunle Obebe, Partner at kunleobebe@bloomfield-law.com Busayo Adedeji, Associate at Busayo.adedeji@bloomfield-law.com or your usual contact at Bloomfield Law Practice.

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    We are delighted to announce the tenth-year anniversary of Bloomfield Law Practice (“Bloomfield”). From our humble beginnings, Bloomfield continues to grow from strength to strength in Nigeria and the global market. We would like to thank God for the Grace that has seen Bloomfield through the many years; starting as a dream to serve, to its current state. We would also like to thank our clients who believed in our desire to serve and gave us the opportunity to be their trusted advisors.

    Further, I would like to thank my partners, Ayodele Oni and Adedoyin Afun who bought into the Bloomfield vision and have injected a fresh drive to build an institution that would outlive us.

    Additionally, I would like to thank both the past and current legal practitioners and administrative staff that have helped to build Bloomfield in one capacity or the other.

    As we celebrate this wonderful milestone, our desire to act as trusted advisors to our clients is further regenerated and our hope is to leave an indelible mark in the African market, wherein the name, Bloomfield, is synonymous with excellence in provision of legal services.
    Adekunle Obebe, Managing Partner