Nigeria's Ministry of Interior is launching an e-citibiz portal  for online processing of permits including business permits, expatriate quotas, citizenship applications and licenses to officiate marriages. The platform is designed to ease current challenges with some of the application processes. 

Effective from 7 May 2018, the initial pilot run of the e-platform will kick-off with expatriate quota applications to determine success before a wide scale implementation. Applicants are required to register on the platform by uploading specified information on the database and requirements for obtaining the expatriate quota. The platform is expected to generate unique application file numbers and verification codes which can be used to track applications with minimal physical intervention.

The migration to the new platform may result in initial delay or extended processing times. Companies are therefore advised to plan the movement/relocation of their employees and renewal of existing quota approvals in advance to accommodate any possible delays.

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