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How do U.S. residents apply for a Nigerian passport at the embassy?

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As of May 2015, Nigerian citizens who live in the United States can renew their Nigerian passports at the Nigerian Embassy by submitting an online application form and paying a fee. Applicants receive an appointment date and are required to appear in person for image and biometric acquisition.

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To submit an application for a Nigerian passport, individuals have to submit a passport application form, the payment slip confirming the fee has been paid, the acknowledgement slip for the fee, the expired Nigerian passport, two current passport-size photos and a photocopy of the data page in the expired passport. Additional documents are necessary for minors. These include a copy of the birth certificate, photocopies of the parents' passports and a letter of consent signed by both parents.

Once they submit the application online, individuals receive an application number and application ID. They can use this number to pay the fee with a debit or credit card. Applicants need to be present at the Nigerian Embassy on the appointment date and bring their expired passport with them. Nigerian citizens can pick up the passport in person from the embassy or instruct a proxy to pick it up for them. For proxy pick-up, a letter of authorization signed by the applicant is necessary, together with valid ID for the authorized individual and the expired passport of the applicant.

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