Foreign companies operating in Nigeria, Nigerian owned company or a Nigerian company in partnership with a foreign company may require the service of a specialized employee with certain exceptional knowledge and skill which cannot be found in Nigeria. These companies will usually need a Foreigner to take on this role. To hire a foreigner in Nigeria, such company must have the appropriate Expatriate Quota Approval. Expatriate Quota is a form of approval granted to companies and registered firms to employ the services of expatriates with relevant competences.
The two types of Expatriate quota positions are;
A PUR Expatriate Quota is granted on a more permanent basis. It is usually granted to the very top management of a Company and reserved for the position of the Chairman or the Managing Director. A PUR is granted to ensure that the interest of the investors are protected. This gives them a greater sense of commitment.
This is reserved for the position of a Director and other employees of the Company. It is reserved for positions that would be occupied on a temporary basis. A company may apply for the upgrade of an expatriate to Permanent.\
The Citizens and Business Department of the Ministry of Interior issues upon due consideration and on the merit of each application, expatriate quota to deserving companies to employ a foreign expert to a specifically designated job description, pursuant to the provisions of relevant laws. The following are documentary requirements for a successful grant of Expatriate Quota in Nigeria;
Expatriate Quota Processing and Business Permit is usually done at the same time as explained in the previous post. This will however be for Foreign owned companies or a Joint Venture as Nigerian owned companies do not require a Business Permit. The Expatriate Quota approval certificate is usually processed and issued within 2weeks.
Expatriate quota slots can only be requested and granted to a company registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and not to individuals, it is the duty of the company and not that of the employees to obtain an expatriate quota on behalf of the employee.
A company may apply for additional expatriate quota after the initial grant where there is reasonable need. Although there is no limit to the number of expatriates a company can employ, there must be consideration as to whether such skill is available locally. The requirements for an additional expatriate quota slot are the same as that of an initial application with the additional documents:
An Expatriate Quota is granted for an initial period of 3 years. It can however be renewed for further periods of 2 years each subject to a maximum of 10 years within which time the relevant skills comprised in the position ought to have been transferred to qualified Nigerian Understudies. A company may renew the grant of an expatriate by adhering to the following requirements:
The company with the Expatriate quota grant is required to render Monthly Immigration Returns for each approved position to the Ministry of Interior and the Nigerian Immigration service. Immigration Return is a compilation of information relating to the utilization of approved Expatriate Quota positions.
It is important to note also that the rationale behind the issuance of Expatriate Quotas is the view to training Nigerians and transferring the requisite skills during the period of employment. Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Nigerian Local Content Board are other Agencies charged with the task of overseeing the Expatriate Quota regime and its issuance when it relates to certain technical sectors of the economy.
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