ECOWAS Resident Card Application Guidelines


ECOWAS Resident Card Application Guidelines: Looking for a comprehensive guide on how to apply for ECOWAS Resident card? We'll be showing you in this post the complete guidelines on how you can get this task done online with ease.

The procedure is very simple and easy. Just follow our step by step guide below if you wish to apply for ECOWAS resident card in Nigeria.

ECOWAS Card Guidelines
1. Visit the Home page of Nigeria Immigration Portal

2. Locate & click on the appropriate application form to start the process:
- Apply for ECOWAS Residence Card or
- Renewal of ECOWAS Residence Card

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3. Fill the Application form, check the 'I HEREBY DECLARE THAT THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN THIS APPLICATION FORM IS CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.' check box then click the 'Submit Application' Button

4. Click on “Print Acknowledgment Slip” button to print ‘Application Acknowledgment Page’

5. Click on “Proceed to Online Payment”

6. Click to select Payment Currency “Pay in Naira” option then select PayType (payment method): “Bank” , “eWallet” or “Credit/Debit card”.
- If you intend to pay at a bank, selected “Bank” and click continue, 
i. View the list of participating banks and then click on ‘Continue’. 
ECOWAS Resident Card Application Guidelines
ii. The “Print Acknowledgment” button will help you print “Payment Acknowledgment Slip” with Transaction ID, Application ID & Reference Number. 

iii. With the copy of your Payment acknowledgement slip, proceed to a participating bank for payment. 

iv. On making payment at the bank, you MUST be issued with an 'approved payment platform provider' receipt that contains “Validation Number”. You will need the “Validation Number” for confirmation of payment on the portal.

- If you intend to pay through 'NetFunds Account' online payment, select “NetFunds Account”, 
i. You will be required to fill in your NetFunds Account log-in credentials. If you are not registered as a user, go to "Register for NetFunds Account" 

ii. After filling in, click “Login” button and you will be sent to the payment portal 

iii. For proceeding with the payment click the “PAY” button. The payment will be successful only if your account balance is at least as big as the total payable amount. 

iv. After payment, the “Validation Number” is generated. Store it and use it to confirm the payment. 

v. You can also print a receipt by clicking the “Print the Receipt” button.

- If you intend to pay through Credit/Debit card, select “Credit/Debit card” and click continue, 
i. You will be required to fill in your eWallet log-in credentials. If you are not registered as a user, go to “Register for eWallet”. 

ii. After filling in, click “Login” button and you will be sent to the payment portal 

iii. For proceeding with the payment click the “PAY” button. 

iv. Payment portal display application details, click on “Continue” button. 

v. You will be prompted to “Value Card” payment page, provide information of your card & Click on “OK” button 

vi. After payment, the “Validation Number” is generated. Store it and use it to confirm the payment. 

vii. You can also print a receipt by clicking the “Print the Receipt” button. 

7. After payment, having obtained the “Validation Number”, proceed to the NIS portal for confirmation of payment. 

8. Go to the “Check ECOWAS Residence Card Application Status” and enter your Application ID and Reference No. 

9. Click the “View your application payment status” button to go to the “Online Query Status” page. 

10. If "Validation Number" field appears, please enter the number from your 'approved payment platform provider' receipt. Remember: Validation Number has been generated after payment through Bank also. 

11. Click the “Search Record” button and you will be sent to the “Applicant’s Details” page where a date for your interview has been generated. 

12. You can now print a Receipt or an Acknowledgement Slip by using the buttons on this page. (You will need them for your interview). 

13. You will be presented with your NIS e-receipt or Acknowledgement Slip in a new window. Click on ‘Print” button to send a copy to the printer. 

14. Proceed for Interview with relevant documents.

Fresh ECOWAS Residence Card 
For an Individual: 
Applicant must provide the following: 
- Valid ECOWAS Travel Certificate or International Passport 
- Photocopy of Bio-data and Information page of Passport 
- 2 copies of applicant's recent passport photograph 
- Evidence of e-Payment i.e Printed Payment Confirmation Page 
- Duly completed and signed Application Form 
- Letter of Employment 
- Letter of Acceptance of employment 
- Letter from Employer accepting immigration responsibilities 
- Applicant's Credentials/CV where applicable. 
- Copy of ECOWAS Registration Certificate from LGA of Applicant's domicile. 

For Business owner: 
Applicant must provide the following: 
- Valid ECOWAS Travel Certificate or International Passport 
- Photocopy of Bio-data and Information page of Passport 
- 2 copies of applicant's recent passport photograph 
- Evidence of e-Payment i.e printed payment confirmation page 
- Duly completed and signed Application Form 
- Letter from Employer accepting immegration responsibilities 
- Applicant's Credentials/ CV where applicable. 
- Evidence of Lease/ Ownership of business permises 
- Certificate of Incorporation of business name with Corporate Affairs Commission. 
- Copy of COT form. 
- Tax Clearance Certificate. 
- Evidence of Capital Importation where applicable 

Renewal of ECOWAS Residence Card 
- For an Individual/ Business Owner: 
- Applicant must provide the following: 
- Photocopy of Bio-data and Information page of passport 
- 2 copies of applicant's recent passport photograph 
- Evidence of e-Payment i.e printed Payment Confirmation Page Duly completed and signed Application Form

ECOWAS Residence Card Fee Table

CountryFresh ApplicationRenewalRe-Issue
TogoleseN 25,000N 12,500--
Cote DivoireN 6,580N 3,290--
BeninN 500N 250--
Burkina FasoN 500N 250--
Cabo VerdeN 500N 250--
GambiaN 500N 250--
GhanaN 500N 250--
GuineeN 500N 250--
Guinee BissauN 500N 250--
LiberiaN 500N 250--
MaliN 500N 250--
SenegalN 500N 250--
Sierra LeoneN 500N 250--
NigerN 500N 250

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