IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Applicants for Nigerian visas in India are now required to submit their applications in person and to enroll their biometric information. The Nigerian High Commission ordered the mandated biometric process Nov. 27.

What does the change mean? Applicants must now submit their visa applications in person and enroll their fingerprints and facial image at Online Integrated Solutions (OIS) centers in New Delhi and Mumbai. The change applies to all visa categories.

  • Implementation time frame: The change took effect Nov. 27.
  • Visas/permits affected: All Nigerian visas issued in India.
  • Who is affected: Individuals applying for Nigerian visas at OIS Nigeria visa application centers in New Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times are not expected to change, but applicants will need to build more time into their schedules in order to appear in person and provide biometrics. Visa applicants must book an appointment through the OIS website and present their appointment booking slip to submit their visa application and enroll their biometric information.

BAL Analysis: The new biometrics requirement adds another step to the application process for Nigerian visas submitted in India. Applicants should be sure to leave enough time in their schedules to book an appointment to submit their application in person and provide biometrics. Biometrics enrollment is a mandatory process to be completed when the visa application is submitted.