Wednesday, April 25, 2018 01.27PM / Taiwo OYEDELE @PwC_Nigeria Tax
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
For additional information, please
eCitiBiz is a highly customizable and industry standard
organizational operations system designed to electronically capture and pivot
all aspects of the operations and work flow of the Citizenship and Business
(C&B) Department of Ministry Of Interior. It best describes the integration
and automation of the department; core functions, services and process for
The services offered include:
Expatriate Quota Services
Based on the
provisions of immigration Act, 1963 which relates to the employment of
expatriates in Nigeria, the Ministry of Interior has been charged with a lot of
duties. The eCitiBiz portal thereby, is here to help facilitate these duties
through online automation.
In accordance to
the Marriage Act, CAP M6 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 As Amended, The
Ministry of Interior is charged with carrying out statutory marriages in
Nigeria.The eCitiBiz portal will make registration of marriages easy and stress
Place Of Worship
In accordance with
the 1990 Marriage Act, all places of worship need to be licensed in order to
conduct marriages legally in Nigeria. A place of worship can only be licensed
by the Ministry of Interior, and the eCitiBiz portal works to make this
licensing process more efficient. All marriages would be registered and stored
in the eCitiBiz database.
The Ministry of
Interior has been charged with the duty of granting citizenships to non
Nigerians. The eCitiBiz portal has been developed to make the process of
applying for various Citizenship services easier and more efficient.
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