Monthly expatriate quota report requirement in Nigeria

Monthly expatriate quota report requirement in Nigeria

February 22, 2024

What is a monthly expatriate report?

The concept of Monthly Expatriate Report is used in reference to Expatriate Quota, which is granted to companies or organisations to enable them engage the services of expatriate personnel with skills and qualifications not readily available in Nigeria.

Every company which operates with the grant of expatriate quota is required to submit a monthly quota return to the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMOI) detailing the status of the expatriate quota granted to it.

Why must the report be filed?

The report is expected to provide comprehensive information including the details on the utilization of the expatriate positions and other information necessary to help the FMOI monitor and enforce the implementation of the expatriate quota system.

How is the monthly expatriate report filed?

The monthly quota returns were filed manually in the past, but the returns are now filed electronically via the FMOI eCITIBIZ portal by a company that has an approved expatriate quota.

When is the expatriate report to be filed?

The expatriate report must be filed monthly. The report of the preceding month must be filed within the first 10 days of the following month.

For the purpose of ensuring compliance, the FMOI has imposed penalties for companies which fail to file the monthly return within a specific period after it becomes due. By a public notice issued by the FMOI, companies which fail to file their monthly report from January 2024 shall be liable to penalties as follows:

After the first 10 days –        NGN100,000

After 20 days –                      NGN150,000

After 25 days –                      NGN200,000

The monthly expatriate report is simply a means for the FMOI to keep track of all approved expatriate quotas, and ensure that they are properly utilised. To this end, it is important for companies to adhere to the measures in place, no matter how difficult, in order to avoid any inconvenience and penalties.

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