What is a resident permit/ when do I need one in Nigeria?

What is a resident permit/ when do I need one in Nigeria?

May 07, 2019

People frequently ask questions like; what is a resident permit anyways? And when do I need one? The answer is not farfetched, it is hereby stated below.
So a residence permit is a document or card required in some regions, allowing a foreign national to reside in a country for a fixed or indefinite length of time. These may be permits for temporary residency, or permanent residency. Therefore, a residence permit is needed to be done in Nigeria when a foreigner wants to reside in Nigeria for a definite or an indefinite period of time.

It is worthy of note at this point that when a person intends both to live and work in Nigeria such a person will need an additional permit which is a business permit.
A business permit must be obtained by foreign nationals before beginning a profession, business or trade in Nigeria. This permit allows for the local operation of a business with foreign interest and this is issued by the Federal Ministry of Interior. Some of the requirements for obtaining business permits in Nigeria include:

• Certificate of Incorporation of the applicant company;
• Copies of the Tax Clearance Certificate of the applicant company;
• Copies of the Memorandum and Articles of Association;
• CAC Forms CO2 and CO7
• Joint Venture/Partnership Agreement where applicable.
• Shareholding of the Company should be a minimum of 10 million.

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Frequently Asked

  • Why must I file Annual Returns?

    It is a mandatory statutory requirement under the Companies and Allied Matters Act to file Annual Returns yearly. 

  • Must my Company Secretary be a Lawyer?

    Although it’s ideal to have a lawyer as a company secretary, it is not compulsory for small private businesses.

  • What is an execution clause in a contract?

    This is the section in which the parties sign the contract or agreement.

  • Can I process/register multiple products at NAFDAC at the same time?

    Yes, you can process/register multiple products at the same time

  • What is classified as personal data?

    Name, photograph, personal health/bio information, account/financial information, phone number, Address, date of birth, place of birth, Email address, etc.

  • Is my copyright registration in Nigeria protected globally?

    The nature of copyright is territorial, so the copyright work is only protected in the country of registration

  • What are the product categories available when registering with NAFDAC?

    The product categories include: Food, Cosmetics, Drug, Medical Device, Agro-Chemicals & Pesticide, Veterinary Products, Vaccines & Biologicals, Herbal and Nutraceuticals and Water

  • What’s the difference between a business name and an LLC?
    • A business name is a sole proprietorship, usually owned and managed by one individual only. Legally, the sole proprietor and his business are one. It simply means an individual trading with an alias. The sole proprietor is personally liable for all business related obligations.

    • A limited liability company on the other hand is a separate business entity from the individuals that hold its shares and act as directors. Legally, it’s a separate business entity and a person on its own who can transact business, own property separate from its owners and can sue or be sued. 

  • Can I trademark my logo and name separately? Why is this a good idea?

    Yes you can. The advantage is that it gives you the opportunity to have more than one logo or the opportunity to change your logo easily as opposed to registering the name and the logo as one trademark.

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