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Immigration support for hiring expats in Nigeria via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Nigeria, there are some things you need to consider. Among them are:

  1. the peculiarities of immigration procedure in the country
  2. documents required to get a work permit
  3. in-country employment and payroll for foreign citizens after visa has been issued.

Given the fact that expats are often sent abroad for short-term projects, many companies often opt for no entity hiring. This means companies look for simpler, more cost-effective options versus onboarding and paying expats through their own local subsidiaries

For companies hiring and paying expats overseas and particularly in Nigeria, a global PEO with work permit support as part of the service might be a viable alternative to incorporation in the country. A PEO service company will walk you and your expats through every step of immigration procedure in Nigeria. After the work permit or visa have been received, a PEO provider would officially onboard and payroll your expats in a foreign country on your behalf.

Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates in Nigeria both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Nigeria, we can help you. Regardless of business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange end-to-end work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit documents have been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate the selected expats to Nigeria
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel that they send abroad to fill some top positions in Nigeria.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Nigeria, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit received for further employment of expats in Nigeria. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance for non- ECOWAS nationals intending to work in oil and gas industry in Nigeria takes from 2 to 5 months until entrance, and a further 1 to 2 months before the whole process is completed.

The procedure of work permit issuance for non- ECOWAS nationals intending to work in any other industry, other than oil and gas takes from 2 to 4 months until entry to Nigeria, and a further 1 to 2 months before the whole process is completed


Major steps to get a work permit in Nigeria

For oil and gas industry:

  1. Labour Market Search
  2. Content Board Approval
  3. Expatriate Quota Application
  4. Subject to Regularization (STR) Visa
  5. Entry to Nigeria
  6. NIS Registration
  7. Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) Application
  8. Alien Registration Card (ARC) Application

For other industries:

  1. Expatriate Quota Application
  2. Subject to Regularization (STR) Visa
  3. Entry to Nigeria
  4. NIS Registration
  5. Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) Application
  6. Alien Registration Card (ARC) Application

Documents for work permit in Nigeria, main applicant

NameNotesCopies
4 Passport Photographs 3.5cmx4.5cm3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open.Four originals
Passport valid for six months minimumWith at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pagesOne original
Application Form IMM22Can often be (and in many cases, must be) accessed online via the diplomatic post website.One original; three clear copies
Evidence of Travel Arrangementsi.e. fully booked tickets (it is advisable to book refundable tickets since processing time cannot be guaranteed)One original
Acceptance of Employment OfferOriginal, signed.Four clear copies
Police Clearance CertificateOnly required at some consulates/Embassies. If required, generally must have been issued within the last 90 days.One original; three clear copies
Application FeeUsually must be paid online at the time of completing the visa application form, and often must be paid using a credit or debit card held in the name of the visa applicant. The resulting receipt and acknowledgement slip must be printed and submitted in support of the application.One clear copy
Processing FeeIn addition to the online application fee, many consulates ask for a processing fee, to be paid by money order at the time of passport submission.One original
Medical CertificateSome consulates/Embassies (e.g. Beijing) may request a complete medical with HIV test and notarization. This must be checked with the consulate in advance.One notarized original; three clear copies
Notarisations/LegalisationsSome Embassies/consulates may request that documents are notarized or legalized prior to submission. This will depend on the Embassy/consulate of application and must be checked on a case by case basis.One original
Yellow Fever Vaccination CertificateOnly required by some consulates/Embassies. If required, generally must have been issued within the last 90 days.Four clear copies
Resume/CVShowing relevant professional experience and education.One clear copy
Copy of passport valid for six months minimum beyond intended period of stayOne clear and certified copy
CERPAC PhotographFull face, facing forwards, measuring 4” x 3”One original
STR Visa Approval Package from Diplomatic PostIssued by diplomatic post when STR Visa is issued.One original
CERPAC Application Form (AO)One original
3 Passport Photographs 2” x 2”Three originals
CERPAC Application FeeThe NGN equivalent of 1000 USD, to be paid at the time of application.One original
ARC Application Forms (IMMA21 and E20)One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Nigeria without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Nigeria.

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