- Restrictions on Marriage to Nigerian Nationals Forthcoming
- April 13, 2018
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Nigerian Immigration authorities have announced that they will be implementing restrictions aimed at preventing marriages to Nigerian nationals strictly for the purposes of obtaining a Nigerian residence permit.
A closer look
The new measures include the following:
- Monitoring of marriages between Nigerians and foreign nationals in Nigeria;
- Foreign nationals entering Nigeria under a holiday visa will no longer be allowed to marry Nigerian nationals but instead must obtain separate justified permission prior to entry in Nigeria;
- Foreign nationals who marry a Nigerian national will have to stay in Nigeria for six months after marriage before they are eligible for a residence permit; and
- Nigerian immigration authorities will restrict the types of jobs to which a foreign national married to a Nigerian national can apply, especially where local workers are available.
Foreign nationals seeking to marry a Nigerian national may experience the below immigration consequences:
- Additional scrutiny on their applications, which may lead to extensive and/or delayed processing times; and
- Delays or difficulties accessing various labor markets, especially where local workers are readily available.
BackgroundPreviously, foreigners were being allowed to enter Nigeria under a holiday visa to marry a local. The authorities have discovered that most of these marriages are aimed at undermining immigration laws, and have started prosecuting violating Nigerian and foreign nationals.