Over 12,000 foreigners to get electronic resident IDs

The Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) today announced that it will soon begin capturing biometric data of all foreigners living in Rwanda with view to issue them electronic resident IDs.

The Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) today announced that it will soon begin capturing biometric data of all foreigners living in Rwanda with view to issue them electronic resident IDs.

Registration process for the electronic IDs kicked off in October 2012, and over 12,000 foreigners participated; only those who registered then will qualify for the current data collection phase.

Ange Sebutege, DGIE's Communication Officer, said that the ID will cost Rwf5,000 per person and that the process is due to take a maximum of three days from the day of application.

The electronic ID will replace the current paper-based “Green Card”. The holder of the ID shall move freely within the country without necessarily carrying their passports.

 

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