Nigeria Immigration Service, Ranks And Salary Structure

Nigeria Immigration Service, Ranks And Salary Structure. we will really emphasise more how Nigerian Immigration Service pays its workers beginning from the highest rank to the lowest.

Nigeria Immigration Service Salary Structure

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is the government agency that is responsible for migration management in the country. The only section the Nigeria Immigration service began with, in its early stage, was the Visa and Business section. It continued with that section till, the agency gained its ground through an Act of Parliament, Cap I71, Laws of Federation Nigeria on the 1st of August 1963.

The origin of the NIS can be traced to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The service became an independent body in 1958. At that time, it was known as the Immigration Department and was headed by the Chief Federal Immigration Officer (CFIO).

The first person to attain this position of Comptroller General of Immigration Service was CGI Garba Abbas. Since the establishment of the Nigeria Immigration service down to date, the agency has undergone various reforms, implementation, and administration.

One of the implementations the Agency has adopted is the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in carrying out their duties. This has led to the introduction of the Machine Readable Passport (MRP) in June 1998 and the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) in 2001. This wasn’t the only useful implementation the agency adopted, they also brought about online payment for their services which helped in creating e-revenue for the government and they became the first government agency to adopt the use of electronic payment.

The Nigeria Immigration Service is also the first Immigration service in the whole of Africa to make use of e-passport because, the agency improved on the Machine Readable Card (MRP), following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

Currently, the NIS is broken into ranks with the highest cadre being the Comptroller General while the lowest ranked officer is the passport officer.

See Also: How To Become An Immigration Officer In Nigeria


Below are the Nigeria Immigration Service Ranks from the highest cadre to the least:

  • Comptroller General Immigration Service (CGIS)
  • Assistant Comptrollers General (ACGI)
  • Assistant Comptrollers (AC)
  • Superintendent of Immigration
  • Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI)
  • Senior Inspector of Immigration (SII)
  • Assistant Inspector of Immigration (AII)
  • Immigration Assistant (IA)
  • Passport Officers

Roles And Functions Of The Nigeria Immigration Service

  1. Controlling people’s movement in and out of the country.
  2. Issuance of travel documents to Nigerian citizens within and outside the country.
  3. Giving out Residence permits to foreigners residing in Nigeria.
  4. The Agency also performs border surveillance and patrol.
  5. They also enforce laws and regulations.
  6. Issuance of various types of visas.
  7. They also provide Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) to Nigerians.
  8. They also arrest and deport illegal or prohibited immigrants.
  9. They keep biometric data.
  10. They foster a good relationship with other Agencies.
  11. They play a major role in the distribution of e-passports.
  12. They help to maintain a good relationship between Nigeria and other countries.


The structure of the Nigeria Immigration Service based on its operations is elaborated below:

Human Resource Management

This is a directorate that is involved in appointments, promotions and discipline of Immigration staff.

The HR directorate is also involved in staff welfare and gender; training and manpower development.

Some of the roles of this directorate include:

  • Ensuring a consistent update of the Nominal Roll
  • Implementing biometric registration of all officers
  • Ensuring enhanced welfare of officers
  • Profering unbiased recommendations for disciplining erring officers
  • Providing the necessary administrative support to ensure the smooth running of the Service.

Planning, Research & Statistics

This is another important directorate in the NIS. Some of the responsibilities of this directorate include:

This directorate is involved in:

  • Conducting research and recommend policies to drive the Service
  • Analyzing statistical data and make necessary recommendations and projections
  • Management and technical support for all ICT driven facilities of the service.

Works & Procurement

As the name implies, this Directorate handles works and procurement. The roles of this directorate include:

  • Ensuring the maintenance of infrastructure nationwide
  • Ensuring that contracts are duly awarded in accordance with the provisions of the Procurement Act
  • Project design, execution and monitoring according to specifications
  • Providing logistics and supply

Finance & Accounts Directorate

The major responsibility of the Finance and Accounts Directorate is to provide the necessary financial support for the smooth running of the NIS. Other responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring timely Budgeting and Budgetary Control
  • Ensuring timely payment of allowances and salaries to officers
  • Handling all financial transactions of the Service
  • Keeping records of revenue generation
  • Ensuring prudent financial management.

Investigation, Inspectorate & Enforcement Directorate

This directorate is responsible for the:

  • Investigation of breaches against the Immigration Act 2015 and other relevant laws
  • Preparation of Eligibility briefs on applicants seeking to obtain Nigeria Citizenship
  • Preparation of Status Report for grant of expatriate quota approvals
  • Carrying out Repatriations and Enforcement of Deportation Orders
  • Ensuring that incidences of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of migrants are reduced
  • Profiling of Officers holding strategic positions in the Service and all recruits
  • Surveillance, Hotel monitoring and inspection of Companies
  • Management of Suspect Index
  • Screening of Irregular migrants.

Operations & Passports

This directorate is in charge of Visa/ Entry Permit, Standard Passport and other Travel Documents.

Overall, their responsibilities include:

  • Issuing various Immigration facilities within specified real time
  • Driving successfully the implementation of the new Visa Policy
  • Pursuing to logical conclusion the investigation and cancellation of any fraudulently issued passports
  • Ensuring that a credible watch list is maintained and is circulated to passport offices and periodically updated
  • Keeping a soft-copy of Nigerians renouncing their citizenship and ensuring their passports are duly cancelled
  • Implementation of multilateral and bilateral agreements.

See Also: Nigeria Police Salary by Ranks


In terms of salary, the starting salary which is the salary of Passport Officers is N30,000 per month or N360,000 per annum. This could rise up to N400,000 depending on extra allowances.

Overall, the average salary of an immigration officer is about N2 million per annum.

FAQ About the Nigeria Immigration Service

Below are FAQs about the Nigeria Immigration Salary Structure. Please, kindly examine the answers.

1. What is the salary structure of Nigerian Immigration Service?

However, the Nigerian immigration Service (NIS) salary range from the Comptroller General salary.

Also, which is the highest rank in the service, earns up to a N3million naira in a year. Meanwhile, passport officers. which is the lowest rank starting salary, can be as little as 33,000 Naira each month.

2. What are the ranks of immigration?

(3) The ranks of Assistant Immigration Officer, Immigration Officer, Senior Immigration Officer and Chief Immigration Officer.

Therefore, they were known as Immigration Sub-Inspector. Also, with Immigration Inspector, Senior Immigration Inspector and Chief Immigration Inspector respectively prior to 1971.

3. How long is Nigeria Immigration training?

Also, The Nigeria Immigration training will last for two (2) weeks

4. What is the work of an immigration officer in Nigeria?

As empowered by Section 2 of the Immigration Act, 2015, the Service handles: Therefore, the control of persons entering or leaving Nigeria.

However, issuing travel documents, including Nigerian passports, to bona fide Nigerians within and outside Nigeria. Also, Issuing residence permits to foreigners in Nigeria.

See Also: Nigeria Customs Salary Structure, History And Ranks

5. Which is the highest paid paramilitary in Nigeria?

1. Highest-Paid Paramilitary in Nigeria (Updated) 2023

2. Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) The Number one on our list is the Nigerian immigration Service. 

3. Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Nigeria Customs Service is the Second on my list. …

4. Also, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

More Frequently Asked Questions

6. How long is immigration training?

When you apply for a job as an immigration officer, training is imperative. Therefore, these programs often last for as long as 8 months, although some are shorter at just a month.

7. Who is the head of immigration in Nigeria?

Muhammed Babandede was born in Jigawa State, Nigeria in 1963. Therefore, is the Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS.

However, before his appointment by President Mohammadu Buhari, he was the Deputy Comptroller General (DCG) of NIS, Operations & Passports.

8. What are the ranks in Nigeria Immigration Service?

1. Nigerian Immigration Ranks

2. Comptroller-General Immigration Service (CGIS)

3. Assistant Comptrollers General (ACGI)

4. Assistant Comptrollers (AC)

5. Superintendent of Immigration.

6. Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI)

7. Senior Inspector of Immigration (SII)

8. Assistant Inspector of Immigration (AII)

9. Immigration Assistant (IA)

9. How can I join Nigeria Immigration Service?

From the information made known to us. The Nigeria Immigration Service 2023 recruitment form will be online.

Therefore, applicants can register for the NIS Recruitment by visiting the application portal, which is

10. How much is Nigeria Custom salary per month?

However, The average salary of Nigerian customs service workers – is N900,000 annually (N75,000 monthly).

Also, the highest salary is received by the Controller-General of Customs. Therefore, the second-highest goes to the Deputy Controller Generals, and Assistant Controller Generals.

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