The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has hailed the Nigeria Immigration Service on the step taken to ameliorate the hurdles faced by the Nigerian Diaspora on visa application issues through the establishment of more service centers.
In a press statement, the NiDCOM boss was elated on receiving the news of the establishment of additional biometric visa application centers by NIS.
She said it is indeed a welcome development going by the unpleasant situations that Nigerians living abroad face in respect of visa applications.
Dabiri-Erewa while commending NIS for this feat also implore them to look into other issues affecting Nigerian Diaspora in other areas not covered.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in a memo dated 16th March 2023 with ref.no NIS/HQ/CGI/909/T/21 stated that approval for the establishment of additional biometric visa application centers in twelve cities has been received from the Ministry of Interior.
The cities are:
1. Berlin- Germany,
2. Nairobi- Kenya.
3. Ottawa- Canada.
4. Vienna- Austria
5. Stockholm- Sweden.
6. Brussels- Belgium
7. Bern- Switzerland
8. Dublin- Ireland
9. Madrid- Spain
10. Cairo-. Egypt.
11. Rabat- Morocco
12. Tokyo- Japan.
The service centres will attend to Nigerians in the Diaspora that holds other countries’ passports and need Nigerian visas to visit home.
The Service Centres are also available options that will ensure submission of visa requests are done other than Nigerian Embassies thereby reducing the waiting time that visa applicants have had to go through.