Most atimes when ECOWAS nationals migrate to any of the member states for business, Residence or whatever reason. It is very important that they know what it entails to enforce their ‘Right of Residence’ as enshrined in ECOWAS Protocol. To avoid being regarded and treated as irregular Immigrant, the migrant should be in possession of necessary travel documents. For instance, In Nigeria it is required of every ECOWAS national upon migrating to Nigeria to be in possession of his or her National Standard Passport (International Passport) or ECOWAS Travel Certificate (of their country). They should also endeavour to enter Nigeria through a recognised port of entry in order to get proper endorsement (seen on arrival, S.O.A) on their ‘international passport’ or ECOWAS Travel Certificate. They should locate the nearest Nigeria Immigration Service state Command when they get to their destination in Nigeria, to regularise their stay. Regularisation of stay in this context refers to the Ecowas citizen being issued with ‘Ecowas Residence Card’. Ecowas Residence Card has a validity of two (2) years, renewable for another two years. This Residence Card enable the Ecowas citizen to reside in Nigeria legally. Note that any Immigrant who is not a citizen of any of the Ecowas member states would be required to get Combined Expatriates Residence Permit & Aliens Card (C.E.R.P.A.C) from Nigeria Immigration Service.
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