Nigeria Immigration Service Ranks and Salary Structure

As Nigerian Guide takes a look at the Nigeria Immigration Service ranks and salary structure currently, you will be enlightened on the hierarchy of officers in the Service as well as what the Nigeria Immigration Service pays its workers as salary. The monthly take home pay of the officers and men of the NIS shows how much they earn and anyone who is interested in joining this paramilitary outfit, which is one of the top security agencies in Nigeria would find this information very useful. If you wish to know more about the contact details of the Nigeria Immigration Service, kindly refer to the link provided.

Nigeria Immigration Service Ranks and Salary

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE (NIS)

The Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, is a very important government agency that was carved out of the Nigerian Police Force in 1958 to handle issues related to modern migration management in Nigeria. As at the time of its establishment, the Chief Federal Immigration Officer was at the helm of affairs of the agency before its current rank formations which sees the Comptroller-General of the NIS as the man in charge.

The Immigration Department was formally recognized in 1963 through an Act of Parliament Cap l71 ensuring that the Head of the Department at that time became the Director of Immigration. while the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs handled its operations. Several years later, the agency now controls the issuance of travel documents in the country.

In the 1990s, there were several changes and major shake ups in the agency as it became a fully-fledged paramilitary organization and the Director of Immigration title was changed to Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service. The NIS also introduced the use of Information and Communications Technology to its operations, launching the use of Machine-Readable Passport in 1998 while the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) became vital documents in 2001. The NIS in recent times, now accepts payments via electronic channels.

As aforementioned, The NIS stands is an organization that handles the affairs related to modern migration in the country and it helps other related agencies in the country to provide adequate security at the nation’s borders with departments such as the African Affairs Division, Border Patrol Management, and Alien Control.

RANKS IN THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE (NIS)

The following are the various ranks listed in the Nigeria Immigration Service from the highest to the lowest with the Comptroller-General of Immigration being the highest ranking officer.

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

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE (NIS)

According to the NIS website, the organizational structure of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, after examination of the mandate, objectives and functions of the NIS and taking into consideration the new Immigration Regulations 2017, as well as the expanding challenges confronting the Service in the face of rising cross-border immigration violations, need for control of entry and monitoring of migrants, transnational crimes, the Nigeria Immigration Service has been restructured into eight (8) Directorates and seven (7) Units which includes the following:

DIRECTORATES

  • Human Resources Management;
  • Finance and Accounts;
  • Planning, Research and Statistics;
  • Passport and Other Travel Documents;
  • Investigation and Compliance;
  • Border Management;
  • Migration;
  • Visa and Residency.

UNITS

  • Procurement;
  • Legal;
  • Internal Audits;
  • SERVICOM;
  • Internal Security;
  • Press and Public Relations;
  • Anti-Corruption and Transparency.

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE

This Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into four (4) Divisions as follows:

  • Appointment, Promotion and Discipline;
  • Staff Welfare and Gender;
  • Training and Staff Development;
  • General Services.

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into three (3) Divisions as follows:

  • Finance;
  • Budget;
  • Revenue.

PLANNING, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into three (3) Divisions as follows:

  • Planning;
  • Research and Statistics;
  • ICT.

PASSPORT & OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into two (2) Divisions as follows:

  • Passport (Standard);
  • Diplomatic, Official Passports & Other Travel Documents.

INVESTIGATION & COMPLIANCE DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into three (3) Divisions as follows:

  • Investigation;
  • Intelligence / Surveillance;
  • Compliance.

BORDER MANAGEMENT DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into four (4) Divisions as follows:

  • Land Control Post and Land Patrol;
  • Airport Control and Aerial Patrol;
  • Seaport Control and Marine patrol;
  • Border Services.

VISA AND RESIDENCY DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into three (3) Divisions as follows:

  • Visa;
  • State Coordination / Export processing Zone (EPZ);
  • Residency.

MIGRATION DIRECTORATE

The Directorate is headed by a Deputy Comptroller General and divided into two (2) Divisions as follows:

  • Regular Migration;
  • Irregular Migration.

NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE SALARY STRUCTURE

The salaries for the Nigeria Immigration Service is determined by the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS) in the country, with the Comptroller-General of Immigration earning the highest salary because he is the most senior officer in the Service occupying the highest rank.

While we do not have much information about the NIS Salary structure, it is widely reported that the Comptroller-General of Immigration earns up to ₦3 million per year while Passport Officers who are the lowest ranking officers earn ₦360,000 as salary per year. It is also reported that university graduates earn ₦150,000 per month as entry level salaries into the Nigeria Immigration Service. Kindly note that salaries listed here are basic salaries and they are independent of allowances and bonuses.

If you want to apply to the Nigeria Immigration Service, you should be informed that recruitment into the NIS is takes place every year and it is usually published on most Nigerian dailies. You can also visit the official website of the Nigeria Immigratio Service for more information on recruitment. Be aware also that applying for a position into the NIS is totally free and you do not need to pay anyone for it as this is punishable by law.

If you apply to the NIS with your O’Level certificate, you will start as Passport officer if you’re successfully recruited and this rank is the lowest rank in the NIS. Joining the service as a graduate will see you attain the rank of Assistant Inspector of Immigration at entry level. The higher your academic qualification, the higher you ascend the ranks and this will reflect in your salary in the form of a higher pay.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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