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How to apply for a residence or work permit?

According to regulation (EC) No. 380/2008 of 18 April 2008 residence cards issued after May 20th  2012, shall contain an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. In this way the security against forgery and misuse of residence cards is strengthened considerably. The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards, was made at a central level in the EU as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime. 

In order to issue biometric residence cards, installation of special equipment for taking photos and recording fingerprints and signature is necessary.
As a consequence, from 20th  May 2012 it will only be possible to apply for a residence permit with biometrics in Nigeria by personal appearance at the outsourcing bureau VFS in Abuja and Lagos.  

All applications must be lodged at the Visa Facilitation Centre (VFS) every working day from 08.00 – 14.00.

ABUJA
Visa Facilitation Centre (VFS)
38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse II
Tel.: +234 (0) 13427734
 
LAGOS
Visa Facilitation Center                                                    
Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opp. Treasure Garden Estate,                                                          
Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I
Tel.: +234 (0) 13427734

Fees: A processing fee needs to be paid. Kindly read more about the fee here.

A residence permit is only given upon approval by the Danish Immigration Service in Copenhagen
- the process may take 4-6 months, before a reply from Denmark is received. Such a permit will be valid for Denmark only, not the entire Schengen-area.