NYSC Requirements for Foreign Graduates in 2023

NYSC Requirements for Foreign Graduates: Are you a foreign-trained Nigerian graduate? Are you wondering if you have to participate in the NYSC program? If so, you’re not alone. Many foreign-trained graduates are unsure of their NYSC status.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through all the NYSC requirements for foreign graduates. We’ll also provide tips on how to register for the program and how to apply for an exemption, if necessary.

So whether you’re eager to serve your country or you’re simply curious about your NYSC obligations, read on to learn everything you need to know.

NYSC Requirements for Foreign Graduates

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is a compulsory one-year program for all Nigerian graduates. Foreign-trained graduates are also required to participate in the NYSC program, but they have different requirements than locally-trained graduates. Here ae the NYSC Requirements for Foreign Graduates:

Academic qualifications:

Originals and photocopies of the following documents are required for registration and mobilization of foreign-trained graduates into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC):

  • First university degree or HND certificate
  • Complete official transcript of the first degree or HND course
  • Mark sheet (for Indian universities only)
  • O’level certificate (WASC, GCE, SSCE, NECO, IGCE, GCSE, high school diploma for those schooled in the USA, etc.) Note: Online result print-outs are not acceptable in place of original certificates.
  • Candidates must obtain credit in at least five (5) subjects, including English and mathematics, in no more than two sittings. Note: Persons who completed a “top-up” program/course are required to upload their foundation certificate (e.g., APTECH, OND, NIIT, INFORMATICTS, etc.).

Medical doctors, optometrists, pharmacists, nurses, and medical laboratory scientists are required to produce the following additional documents:

  • Medical doctors and optometrists: Evidence of completion of housemanship, registration certificate with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN)/Optometrists Association of Nigeria (OAN) as applicable.
  • Pharmacists: Evidence of completion of internship, registration certificate with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
  • Nurses: Original license and certificate of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
  • Medical laboratory scientists: Original license and certificate of registration with the Medical Laboratory Scientists Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).

Travel document

Documents required for foreign-trained graduates participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program:

  • Entry visa to the country of study
  • Date of first departure from Nigeria
  • Date of return to Nigeria after the period of study
  • Passport data page
  • Passport data pages of both international passports for graduates with dual nationality (present both passports for verification at the camp if multiple passports were used during the period of study)
  • Residence permit (for graduates from institutions located within West African Countries Only)

Other requirements

In addition to the academic qualifications and travel document requirements, foreign-trained graduates must also meet the following requirements:

  • They must be Nigerian citizens.
  • They must be physically and mentally fit.
  • They must have a police report that shows that they have no criminal record.
  • They must have a certificate of good conduct from their university.

Exemption from NYSC

Some foreign-trained graduates may be exempted from participating in the NYSC program. To be exempted, they must meet one of the following criteria:

  • They are married to a foreign national and they are living outside of Nigeria.
  • They have a dual nationality and they are living outside of Nigeria.
  • They are working for a foreign government or international organization.
  • They are members of the clergy.
  • They are physically or mentally unfit for service.

Requirements and procedure for collecting certificate of exemption and exclusion letter

Foreign-trained graduates who are exempted from service on grounds of age or excluded from service due to part-time study mode must present the original credentials they uploaded for physical evaluation at the NYSC headquarters in Abuja when their certificates of exemption and exclusion letters are ready for collection.


  • Register online and upload the necessary documents.
  • Wait for your certificate of exemption and exclusion letter to be ready for collection.
  • Go to the NYSC headquarters in Abuja with your original credentials.
  • Present your credentials to the NYSC staff for physical evaluation.
  • Collect your certificate of exemption and exclusion letter.

What to do if you lose your international passport or academic credentials as a foreign-trained graduate participating in the NYSC program:

Loss of international passport:

  • Obtain a police report from the country where the passport was lost.
  • Obtain a sworn court affidavit for the loss of the passport.
  • Provide evidence of stay in the country of study.
  • Obtain a new international passport and upload the data page to the NYSC portal.

Loss of academic credentials:

For loss of O’level certificates: Get a confirmation of result from the examination body (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, etc.) and upload it to the NYSC portal.

For loss of degree certificate and transcript: Obtain confirmation of result/certificate replacement/certified true copy of the lost credential from your institution of graduation.

Note: If your institution or course is not listed on the NYSC portal, you should not choose any other institution or course. Instead, you should obtain an evaluation letter from the Federal Ministry of Education and forward it to the NYSC for upload.

Steps and Procedures Involved in Registering as a Foreign Graduate

Steps and procedures involved in registering as a foreign-trained graduate for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program:

  • Create an NYSC online account. You can do this on the NYSC website.
  • Upload the required documents. This includes your O’level certificates, degree certificate and transcript, passport data page, entry visa to the country of study, first departure date from Nigeria, date of return to Nigeria after the period of study, and any other supporting documents that may be required.
  • Fill out the online registration form. Be sure to provide accurate and complete information.
  • Pay the registration fee. The registration fee can be paid online or at the NYSC office in your state.
  • Submit your application. Once you have completed all of the steps above, you can submit your application online.

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The NYSC program is a valuable experience for all Nigerian graduates, including foreign-trained graduates. It is an opportunity to serve your country, meet new people, and learn new skills.

If you are a foreign-trained graduate who is interested in participating in the NYSC program, I encourage you to follow the steps and procedures outlined in this blog post.

The NYSC program can be a challenging but rewarding experience for foreign-trained graduates. It is an opportunity to learn more about Nigerian culture and society, and to make a positive contribution to your country.


Originally posted 2023-09-15 10:02:46.

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