New steps required for work permits in oil and gas industry

6 Jun 16

NIGERIA

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? A directive by the new head of the Nigeria Immigration Service requires companies in the oil and gas industry to submit additional evidence when applying for temporary work permits.

What does the change mean? Oil and gas companies must show proof of registration with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, and companies performing engineering projects must be registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Temporary work permits.
  • Who is affected: Nigerian companies in the oil and gas sector.
  • Business impact: Companies should factor in additional time to obtain their registrations and approvals.
  • Next steps: To avoid delays, affectedcompanies should register with the designated agencies. BAL can assist in the process.

Background: The directive was issued by the newly appointed comptroller general of Nigeria Immigration Service, who took office May 15. The new requirements are intended to ensure that oil and gas companies are in compliance with policies and are not abusing temporary work permit rules.

BAL Analysis: Employers should make sure they have the necessary registrations and approvals before applying for temporary work permits. Employers should anticipate that additional changes may be on the way in light of the change in leadership at Immigration Service.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Nigeria. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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