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Why Passport Applicants Need Letters From States Of Origin – NIS




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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has responded to concerns raised about the passport application process, particularly the necessity of providing proof of state of origin.

This clarification aims to alleviate the confusion and frustration expressed by citizens, including a notable comment from Tayo Oviosu on social media.

Oviosu, an entrepreneur, took to Twitter to voice his dissatisfaction with the requirement to secure a letter from one’s state of origin when renewing a passport.

He criticized the policy for being impractical, especially for individuals with minimal connections to their states of origin.

In a statement released on Thursday, the NIS explained that while proof of state of origin is indeed a requirement, applicants are not required to travel to their states to obtain these documents.

The Service emphasized that the policy is designed to streamline the identification process and ensure the authenticity of the applicant’s claims.

“The Nigerian Immigration Service is committed to ensuring a smooth and efficient passport application process,” said an NIS spokesperson. “We understand the concerns of our citizens and are clarifying that there is no need for passport applicants to return to their states of origin for indigen-ship documents. These can be procured through other means closer to their places of residence.”

Oviosu tweeted, “I gathered that now, to renew your passport, you need to get a letter from your state of origin showing that you are from there.

“What sort of stupid policy is this?

“So I should go to Edo State, which I have visited two or three times max, to get a document? How would they know I am from there? We create our own problems.”

In its response to Oviosu’s tweet, the Immigration Service acknowledged the concern and clarified that physical travel to one’s state of origin is not mandatory for obtaining the indigenship document.

The Immigration Service emphasized the rationale behind the documentation requirements, stating that every requirement is carefully considered and legally supported by government laws and policies.

The Service wrote, “First off, you do not necessarily need to go to your state of origin to get the ‘indigenship document.’

“We are aware that most states have liaison offices in other states. For example, Anambra state has liaison offices in Lagos (Eti-Osa) and Abuja (Asokoro).

“These offices are empowered to issue such documents.

“Having said this, every document that the Service requires passport applicants to produce/submit/upload was carefully thought through (not stupid) and backed by certain laws and policy documents approved by the Federal Government through our supervising ministry – in this case, the Ministry of Interior.

“It is quite important, especially based on certain intel that we have (but cannot disclose publicly), that anyone, a Nigerian of course, who wishes to obtain a Nigerian passport – a document of authority for identification and travel – must prove beyond reasonable doubt, that he/she is a Nigerian citizen.

“For your claim of being a Nigerian citizen to hold water, there has to be a document that ‘ties’ you to a local government (indigenous area) within the country.

“This document is what we request that applicants present to us, amongst others, to authenticate their claim of being a citizen.

“You may also want to read up on the particular part of the Nigerian Constitution that bothers on citizenship, for clarity, sir.

“So sir, we hope that with these few points of ours, we have been able to convince and not confuse you.”

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