If you are foreigner living in Nigeria, you should take this seriously.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a sanction to discourage foreigners from overstaying in the country without visa approval.

A source within the Ministry of Interior stated that depending on the number of days they overstayed, foreigners would have to pay between $200, about 71,000 naira and $4,000, about 1.4 million-naira, Punch reports.

The source said a foreigner would have exceeded his stay by 56 days before he could be said to have overstayed.

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According to a document from the ministry, citizens of the Economy Community of West African States, ECOWAS are however exempted from the sanction as they can enter and reside in the country without visas.

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It added that a non-ECOWAS visitor who wished to stay for more than 56 days, but not beyond 90 days would be made to pay a fine of $200 or the naira equivalent while those who stayed beyond 90 days, but less than 180 days would pay $1000, or its naira equivalent, that is about 360,000 naira.

Also, non-ECOWAS visitors who intend to stay in Nigeria or who overstays for a period exceeding 180 days, but not beyond 365 days would pay $2000 or its equivalent, which is about 720,000 naira and those who stay in the country without authorisation would pay a penalty of $4000.

According to the ministry source, the Federal Government had to introduce the system, to check foreigners who abuse visas given to them.

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