The National Identification Registry (NIR) has set 1 April as the date for the commencement of the issuance of Biometric Foreign Residents Identification Cards to aliens and foreign nationals residing in Liberia.
Addressing a news conference at NIR’s head office in Congo Town Monday, 25 March, NIR Executive Director J. TiahNagbe asserts that the Biometric Foreign Residents Identification Cards will have the same technical features of the National Citizen’s Identification Cards.
He however says the color and status will be different.
He explains that the process in obtaining the Foreign Resident Identification Card will be thorough and rigid, mainly requiring the submission of an Alien Resident Permit (ARP) from the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) as a first step in the application process.
The NIR boss discloses that after acquiring ARP, the name of the applicant for the Foreign Resident ID Card will be verified against an officially approved listing of legal foreign residents submitted to the NIR by the LIS.
According to him, the institution will shortly extend the exercise to 14 counties here upon the conclusion of modalities with the immigration authorities.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nagbe has disclosed here that there are many benefits associated with the the Biometric Foreign Residents ID Card.
According to him, they include helping the Government in establishing a clean database of non-Liberians residing in Liberia; providing foreign residents with a convenient ID credential to be used for travel and the conduct of business throughout the country and make it easier and convenient for foreign residents to travel in an out of Liberia.
He concludes that since the registration process started months ago, a little over 3,000 persons have been processed and issued Liberia Citizen’s ID Card.
For his part, LIS Acting Commissioner Moses K. Yebleh maintains that the his entity is working along with the NIR to ensure that people who obtain Liberian Citizen Identification Cards are citizens of the country and not foreigners or aliens.
He calls on all foreign residents and aliens residing in the country to adhere to government’s mandate to ensure that they are captured in the database of the LIS and NIR.
By Emmanuel Mondaye –Edited by Winston W. Parley