CERPAC is the acronym for Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card. It permits a foreigner to live and work legally in Nigeria and subject to renewal. An expatriate is required as a matter of compliance to obtain this otherwise his entry and stay in Nigeria might be regarded as illegal and subject to repatriation from Nigeria. The Nigeria Immigration Service in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior is the Agency responsible for issuing CERPAC to foreigners.
However, the following group of people are exempted and are granted gratis:
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There are two categories of CERPAC, they are:
This is a document that allows foreigners to reside in Nigeria and carry out an approved activity as specified in the permit, or to accompany a resident or citizen of Nigeria as a dependent. Possession of a valid CERPAC GREEN CARD does not exempt the holder from having a valid entry or re-entry permit/visa.
Unlike the CERPAC Green Card, the Brown Card is essentially a movement chart. Every foreigner in Nigeria or visiting with the intention to remain in Nigeria for more than 56 days are required by law to register.
Application for a CERPAC Card can only be applied for and granted to a Foreigner in possession of a Subject to Regularization Visa obtained from the Nigerian Embassy or Consulate Abroad. It should be noted that STR Visa would also only be issued upon evidence of a grant of Expatriate Quota.
Application for the CERPAC is usually done at the National Immigration Service, where the form is obtained and application is processed. The following are the general requirements for the issuance of CERPAC, although specific documents may be requested, depending on the categories of the Applicant:
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The CERPAC forms to be filled by applicants during the process of Application are categorized into three, they are:
Upon submission of the application form and all accompanying documents, the application will be processed and if successful an acknowledgement receipt/temporary card will be issued pending the time when the Permanent CERPAC card will be ready for issuance.
Upon receipt of the CERPAC, an application may apply for the renewal after the expiration of the initial two year period granted. Also, in the case of loss, an applicant may apply for replacement of his CERPAC.
The following are the requirements for the renewal or replacement:
Prior to December, 2018, the processing fee was $1000 with its equivalent at N360,000 (Exchange Rate - Date of Publication). However, in December 2018, the Honorable Minister of Interior reviewed the CERPAC fees upwards to $2,000 with its equivalent at N720, 000 with N5, 000 for the Application Form. The Minister also added that there would not be a further review of the fees until three years after the implementation of the new fee. The review will not affect missionaries/student fees. It should be noted that the fees can be slightly more due to Bank Charges and other Fees.
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