The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), over the years, has witnessed lots of changes since it was carved out of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), that was in 1958. The Immigration Department, just as it was known in those days, was completely entrusted with the core immigration duties and it was under the headship of the Chief Federal Immigration Officer (CFIO).
The department in its emergent stage inherited the Immigration Ordinance of 1958, which was responsible for its operation.
When it all started, the department had really narrow operational scope and it maintained rather low profile and simple approach in meeting up with the desired goals and set objectives of the government. During that period, only the Visa and Business Sections of the department were set up.
On August 1st, 1963 however, Immigration Department came of age in Nigeria and it was officially established by Act of Parliament, Cap 171, Laws of the Federation Nigeria. The head of the department then was the Director of Immigration. Therefore, the first set of Immigration officers were initially NPF Officers.
It became a department right under the control of the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs and it was a Civil Service outfit.
Since that time, the service has come a long way in its march toward reformations and restructuring to be better positioned for the implementation of modern migration management.
The structure has been changed to accommodate added responsibilities as well as emerging regional and sub-regional political alignments. The implication was the introduction of the ECOWAS and African affairs/bilateral division. Similarly, foreigners control and border patrol management were added to the responsibilities of the service.
Furthermore, the service was saddled with the responsibility for the issuance of all Nigerian travel documents. It was designed and set up to oversee all activities relating to Nigerians that have to travel out of the country, especially when it comes to issuing of the traveling documents required by these Nigerians.
The body also has the responsibility of managing and overseeing all immigration activities
Earlier on the Service created a website with the domain name www.immigration.gov.ng This was in a bid to create a platform for interaction and dissemination of information about its operations to a wide-ranging clientele.
The introduction of machine readable electronic passports in 2007 was a landmark achievement by the service in that Nigeria became the first country in Africa to introduce the e-passport and among the first forty countries in the world to do so.
The embrace of the e-passport has become a major tool in the fight against trans-border criminality as the e-passport contains the biometric details of holders thus making it easy for detection of persons travelling under false identities or compromised travel documents especially as the service is poised to introduce the PKD at our borders which has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In due recognition of Nigeria Immigration Service’s stride as exemplified above, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the global body that regulates standards for travel documents admitted Nigeria into its board as the sole African representative.
Currently the country is cutting over Machine Readable Passports (MRP) to the electronic passport (e-passport) which initial deadline was December 2010 but now extended to April 2011.
As a result of the above development, e-passport machines have been installed in all the states of the federation and some missions abroad while efforts are still ongoing to deploy e-passport machines to all our missions abroad, the Nigeria Immigration Service has been sending its personnel for passport intervention to all regions of the world in line with the Federal Government foreign policy of citizen diplomacy.
This implies taking the mobile passport issuing equipments to acquire and process passport for Nigerians in Diaspora.
Another significant achievement in the realm of ICT development is the establishment of a well equipped forensic laboratory for the examination of travel documents and monetary instruments.
It is also to be noted that NIS personnel manning this laboratory are highly skilled due to the fact that they have been exposed to a lot of trainings locally and internationally on document fraud detection and techniques.
The role played by our development partners in attaining the above achievements is acknowledged with gratitude. These bodies include the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European union (EU), the ECOWAS commission, just to mention but a few.
From the inception of service in 1963 till date, the service has had twelve Comptroller Generals
The NIS recruitment is always been anticipated in the country virtually every year, there had been numerous requests by aspirants on various platforms asking for strict and legit information about the Nigerian Immigration Recruitment exercise every year. We are going to give some insight to it below.
Nigeria Immigration Recruitment
The Nigeria Immigration recruitment form is made available to the general public every year, but much of the information is false and it is better for an aspirant to always visit their website to get authentic information about the application process and date. If not, you may be defrauded by scrupulous elements
NIS Recruitment Requirements
To be considered as qualified for the NIS Recruitment Exercise, the aspirant must meet the requirements outlined below:
- You must be a Nigerian citizen by birth or descent.
- You must not be less than 18 years or more than 35 years of age.
- Not less than 1.7 metres in height for male and 1.64 metres for female.
- Have a fully expanded chest measurement of not less than 0.87 metres.
- Be certified by a Government Medical Officer to be physically and mentally fit for appointment into the Service.
- Not suffering from any form of mental or physical disability.
- Be free from any form of financial embarrassment.
- Be of good character and must not have been found guilty of any criminal offence.
Candidates with any of the following medical cases need not apply since their application will be automatically turned down:
- Sight problem;
- Hearing difficulties;
- Previous major orthopedic operation;
- Flat foot;
- Fracture, stammering or any other natural disability;
- Pregnant women