House Reviews Issuance of Residence Permits

Aliens married to Liberians, others

President Sirleaf and Speaker Nuquay

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the House of Representatives a bill for approval which seeks to amend a section of the Aliens and Nationality Law affecting the issuance of Permit of Residence.

The bill, which will amend Section 6.1(5) of the Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia, “Title 4, Liberian Code of Laws Revised,” regarding Permit of Residence, is under review by the House of Representatives owing to a communication from the President which was read on Tuesday, April 25, during the 25th Day Sitting.

Section 6.1 of the Aliens and Nationality Law requires “every alien presently in Liberia or hereafter admitted into Liberia as an immigrant or resident to obtain a Permit of Residence.”

According to the President’s letter, the new law when enacted will provide comfort to aliens who have invested substantially in the country and accommodate aliens who are married to Liberians.

It also seeks to make possible residency in Liberia, minimize the sometimes onerous challenges of annual renewals of residence permits and encourage investment of foreign individual entrepreneurs.

Following the reading and acceptance of the instrument, plenary mandated the Committees on Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Labor to review and advise the House within two weeks.


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