NYSC Registration – General Guidelines and Requirements To Note

In a bid to have all Nigerian graduates perform mandatory service to their nation, the Nigerian government set up the National Youth Service Corps program. Since 1973, graduates of various universities across the country (later including polytechnics) have been required to take part in the National Youth Service Corps program for a period of one year. During this time, participants in the scheme (popularly called corp members or corpers) are posted to states other than their state of origin where they are expected to meet people of different ethnic groups and social backgrounds, learning the culture of these indigenes in the location they are posted to. However, to be able to participate in the program, graduates are required to go through a registration process.

In order to ensure a hitch-free registration process, prospective corps members who are ready to serve their country are to take note of the following guidelines:

Important NYSC Registration Requirements

  1. You must have a functional email address for the opening of your NYSC login account
  2. Have ready a Nigerian (GSM) telephone number to use to complete the registration.
  3. Graduates of Nigerian-based institutions must check the Senate list for verification of their records as only those whose names appear in the Senate/Academic Board Approved Result lists submitted by their institutions will be able to complete registration on the NYSC portal.
  4. Have your correct Matriculation numbers ready
  5. All prospective corps members registering for NYSC must also thumbprint.
  6. Take four (4) white background passport photographs.

Additional Requirements for Students Who Studied Abroad

Nigerian citizens who studied in foreign universities and want to work in Nigeria are also required to take part in the NYSC program. To be eligible for the exercise, you must have graduated from a university or have obtained on-line foreign certifications. You must also have the following requirements to complete your registration.

  1. West African School Certificate (WASC) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings); or General Certificate of Education (GCE O’ Level) (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings); or NECO (with not less than 5 Credits at 2 sittings); or High School Diploma.
  2. First Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificate (Second Degree or Ph.D. not necessary).
  3. Complete Official Transcript of the First Degree or HND.
  4. International Passport showing your personal data, Visa to the country of study, date of the first departure to the country of study, and date of arrival in Nigeria.
  5. If you have dual nationalities, you are required to upload Personal Data Pages of both international passports and present the passports for physical verification.

Other Key Things to Note

  • Attestation letters or testimonials are not acceptable in the place of original Degree/HND Certificates.
  • Working-class graduates and graduates of on-line foreign qualifications are required to upload their original admission letters and LETTER OF APPROVAL from their respective employers to undertake their courses, as the case may be.
  • All graduates of Medicine and other health-related courses such as Nursing Science, Laboratory Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, etc MUST possess and upload a current professional license. An expired license is not acceptable.

How Much Does it Cost to Register for NYSC?

Getting an NYSC registration form online is free of charge but getting your call-up number is not. It costs two thousand five hundred naira (2,500) to get your NYSC call-up number. Note that you might also have to pay cyber cafe fees that may range from 1,000 – 1,500 naira.

How to Pay For Your NYSC Call-up Letter

Prospective corps member should go to the portal home page and follow the following steps:

  • STEP 1: Click on “already Have Account” to login.
  • STEP 2: Enter Email ID and Password to log in
  • STEP 3: Click on “click here to make payment”.
  • STEP 4: After successfully logging in, click on “Proceed to Payment”. Once the payment confirmation page is displayed, you will be redirected to Remita Payment Engine with various payment options.

For Cards and Wallet Payments

  • Click on “Pay now with Cards or Wallets”
  • Provide card details, pin and any other information required and if the transaction is successful, the redirect URL is loaded.

Paying in the Bank

  • If you click on payment through any bank branch, the NYSC portal will generate an RRR number. Copy this number and take it to any of the approved banks. You can click on “see vailable bank branches” to view the banks.
  • After making the payment at the bank branch, you can check payment status on the URL: https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc1/Transactionstatus_Remita.aspx Inputs transaction reference number/email id or phone number used in Registering online.
  • Click on “continue” to query Remita and view the transaction detail?
  • Click on “Get status” to view the details of payments.

Steps to Follow to Complete Your NYSC Registration

All prospective corps members are expected to do all registration via the NYSC portal. You must do well to note the NYSC timetable to know when exactly registration commences. Go through the following steps to complete the process.

  1. Visit the NYSC Online registration portal at www.nysc.org.ng
  2. If you have registered previously and did not complete your Registration or Submit it,  then log in to your dashboard and complete the process.
  3. If you are registering for the first time, click on Registration for Mobilization
  4. Upload all documents required by NYSC
  5. Thumbprint for biometrics confirmation (do not thumbprint by proxy)
  6. Make sure the passport photograph uploaded is very clear. Do not upload a passport photograph where you are putting on an NYSC crested vest. You will not be registered on camp if you fail to comply.
  7. Submit your NYSC application

All The Documents Needed for NYSC Registration

While preparing to go to camp for the NYSC program, there are documents you must take along with you. These items are needed to get you through your registration at the NYSC orientation camp. They include:

1. NYSC Call-up Letter – You are required to have the original copy and the photocopies of your callup letter. This document serves as proof that you are indeed a prospect and not an impersonator. Remember, your call-up letter should not be laminated.

2. Certificate or Statements of Result – Make sure that you have the original copy, plus six (6) photocopies, of your university certificate or statement of result. Persons who graduated from polytechnics are required to take their ND and HND certificates or statement of results.

3. Final Year ID card – NYSC accepts School ID Card instead of final year ID card. You are expected to go with the original and two (2) photocopies. To get a ‘final year ID card’, go to the Directorate of Students’ Affairs in your school and request for one. Departmental ID cards are not accepted.

4. NYSC Green Card – Your NYSC green card is one of the things you must not forget while going to the camp. The Green Card is the online print-out slip after completing NYSC registration. Go with the original and four (4) photocopies. Your Green Card and call-up letter are to be printed out in coloured. Do NOT laminate them!

5. Recent Passport Photographs – Go with eight (8) copies of your recent passport photographs. The background color should be white or off-white.

6. Uploaded Documents – All foreign-trained graduates should go to camp with the original of all documents they uploaded during online registration.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on NYSC’s Online Registration

1. How Do I Correct the Wrong Date of Birth?

  1. Login into your Dashboard using your username and password
  2. Click on ‘Apply for Name Correction’ and fill in the required fields
  3. Click on ‘Place Request’ to submit and wait for approval

Note: NYSC does not attend to addition, replacement or removal of names. After applying from your dashboard, contact your Institution to process it and forward to NYSC online for final approval.

2. How Do I Correct the Wrong Course of Study?

  1. Get 19 or 20 digits WAEC verification pin from any First Bank branch
  2. Login to your dashboard and click on the link to Date of Birth
  3. Enter WAEC Verification PIN, select WAEC Type, Year of exam and enter your Examination Number;
  4. Click on Verify button
  5. Click SUBMIT or CANCEL

3. How do I Correct Wrong Class of Study Degree

  1. Login to your dashboard and click on the link for Correction of Course of Study;
  2. Select Course of Study
  3. Click SEND REQUEST

Note: This approval is strictly done by your Institution’s Student Affairs Officer (SAO).

4. How do I Correct Wrong Qualification

  1. Login to your dashboard and click on the link for Correction of Course of Study;
  2. Select Class of Degree
  3. Click SEND REQUEST

Note: This approval is strictly done by your Institution’s Student Affairs Officer (SAO).

5. Why are Nigerian Youths Asked to Pay to Serve their Country?

It is not true that corps members are being asked to pay to serve their country. The sum of 2,700 Naira being paid by prospective corps members is for them to be able to access their call-up letter without taking the risk of going to their respective universities to get it.

6. Why are Corps Members Forced to Pay for Their Call-up Letters?

Based on feedback and requests from past corps members, the initiative was designed to lessen the costs and risks associated with corps members travelling to their schools to pick up call-up letters.

While those who want to physically pick up their call-up letters from their schools for free are still allowed to do so, this initiative has created an extra option for those who wish to access their call-up letters online.

7. How Did NYSC Come Up with the 2,700 Naira Fee to Print Call-up Letters?

The fee is not just for printing call-up letters, it is also for the entire package of online registration, which requires the deployment of IT personnel and equipment to orientation camps all over the country.

8. Is The Initiative not Extortionist and Insensitive?

As already stated above, the initiative was designed with all sense of fairness. No open or subtle threat is involved here. It is not compulsory and non-use of it carries no sanction. It is only for those who choose to exercise the option after doing their own cost-benefit analysis.

9. Will Corp Members who Refuse to Pay Be Victimized?

Prospective corps members who choose to visit their respective institutions to obtain their call-up number will not be victimized in any way. In fact, the plan is to ensure that there will be more NYSC staff attending to those who choose to use the physical method of collection because the use of online registration would have freed up staff time. NYSC has zero-tolerance for victimization and we will take strong disciplinary action against any staff member who shows such tendencies.

Chika Udeh
Chika is an expert wordsmith who uses her skills to write about people and events that matter. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and moving along to the tune.

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