December 21, 2020

Nigeria Establishes Oversight Task Force for Expatriate Permit and Quota Compliance

The government of Nigeria has instituted an oversight committee to verify expatriate permit and quota compliance, given widespread violations by employers.

Known as the Special Ministerial Task Force on Monitoring and Enforcement of Expatriate Business Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration, the task force will have the following responsibilities:

    • Auditing documentary requirements presented by all expatriate quota applicants for approval and renewal from 2015 onwards
    • Verifying compliance with all statutory returns (monthly returns rendered to the Ministry of Interior and the Nigeria Immigration Service) as stipulated in the 2017 Ministry of Interior Regulations
    • Verifying that two Nigerian nationals are being trained for each expatriate quota position
    • Verifying compliance with all mandatory training programs for Nigerian trainees
    • Ensuring that all fines and penalties have been paid for non-compliance with the regulations and recommending appropriate remedies, among other items.

For further information on permit requirements for Nigeria, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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