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FG Grants Payment Waiver To Migrants , Visitors Over Lockdown Order

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FG Grants Payment Waiver To Migrants , Visitors Over Lockdown Order

FG Grants Payment Waiver To Migrants , Visitors Over Lockdown Order

The federal government has granted payment waiver to visitors and migrants affected by its order , restricting international travels through International Airports and subsequent closure of land borders aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, gave the approval vide letter ref. MI/PM/16012/S.266/V.II dated April 6, 2020.

The minister, in a statement obtained and signed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) spokesperson, Sunday James stated that in the light of the above, all visitors/migrants holding valid Visitors Pass/Resident Permit with confirmed return tickets scheduled to travel out within the period of the international travel restriction, are to be issued with relevant extensions at no cost.

This, according to the statement is to enable beneficiaries reschedule their flights and travel within one (1) week whenever the embargo is suspended/lifted by the federal government.

The statement reads in part, ” In the light of the above, all visitors/migrants holding valid Visitors Pass/Resident Permit with confirmed return tickets scheduled to travel out within the period of the international travel restriction, are to be issued with relevant extensions at NO COST to enable the beneficiaries reschedule their flights and travel within one (1) week whenever the embargo is suspended/lifted by the federal government.”

Aregbesola, however warned that migrants/visitors whose permits/visitors pass expired before the restriction order, must pay for overstay relevant for the period and the penalty it attracts.

He said, “Furthermore, anyone that overstays beyond the waiver period whenever the restriction is suspended/lifted by the Federal government is to promptly comply by paying for overstay.”

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