It is no longer news that the Federal Government of Nigeria, in February 2020, rolled out a new regime of visas with 79 classes to replace the erstwhile 6 classes in what appears to be a desirable revolution in the country's immigration policies.
In the preface to the new Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020, the minister of interior – H.E. Rauf Aregbesola states that:
"It is significant to note that the Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020 aims to support the attainment of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (2017-2020) and our adoption of Security, Economy and Transparency (SET), as the thrust of the Federal Government Policy on ERGP of Nigeria. Its operationalisation is cardinal to the ease of doing business in Nigeria, boosting tourism and expanding opportunities to meaningfully apply the principle of reciprocity in visa policy in our bilateral and multilateral relations." (Emphasis ours)
Our intervention here centers on the classes of business/work-visas available to Nigerian and foreign businesses under the NVP 2020 and in doing this, we will briefly summarize the features of each class along the line of their peculiarities (if any).
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