• Nigeria: New Restrictions on Authority to File Certain Immigration Related Applications
  • February 9, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • In order to fight perceived fraud in the immigration application process, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Interior (FMI) is restricting which individuals have the authority to file certain immigration related applications, effective immediately. For employers, only authorized staff members or legal representatives registered with the FMI can file applications for an Expatriate Quota - the company permit that authorizes employment of a foreign national in a specific position - on the employer’s behalf.

    If an employer submits an application through an unregistered consultant or agent, the application will be denied. This could trigger a full FMI investigation into the legitimacy of the employer’s business.

    The new policy also restricts who can submit an application for Nigerian citizenship. These applications can now be filed only by the individual applicant or his or her spouse.

    In preparing this alert, Fragomen worked closely with its Nigerian co-counsel law firm, Bloomfield Advocates & Solicitors, a law firm that is registered with the FMI to file quota-related applications on behalf of clients.

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