NIA reveals citizens of 167 countries reside in Ghana

NIA reveals citizens of 167 countries reside in Ghana

- The Foreigner Identification Management Systems has issued cards to 22,393 foreigners resident in Ghana so far

- The 22,393 foreigners are from 167 countries

- According to the National Identification Authority (NIA), foreigners need the ID card to apply for a resident's permit

There are currently citizens of 167 different nationalities living Ghana, according to data compiled by the Foreigner Identification Management Systems (FIMS).

The FIMS is a private partner of the National Identification Authority (NIA) registering foreigners legally resident in Ghana.

The FIMS said it has issued ID cards to 22,393 foreigners resident in Ghana between January and August this year.

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Giving a breakdown of the numbers, the firm indicated that 15,679 foreign residents have renewed their ID cards, while 6,714 are fresh applicants who received theirs.

Meanwhile, the FIMS is embarking on a mass registration exercise from September 9 to October 31 to renew the ID cards of foreigners living in the country.

The registration of foreigners for ID cards started in 2012 and all foreigners need the ID card to apply for a resident's permit.

The number of registered foreigners, though, is lower when compared to 2018 where 16,320 foreigners were legally resident in Ghana.

Explaining further, the Head of Corporate Affairs of the NIA, Assistant Comptroller of Immigration (ACI) Francis Palmdeti, disclosed that Chinese nationals are the highest on the list of registered foreigners.

According to him, 6,022 Chinese citizens have been issued foreigners' identification cards.

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There are also 3,434 registered Indian citizens resident in Ghana, with the number of Nigerians who have been issued foreigners ID cards being 1,617.

The United States of America has 1,153 citizens who have been issued foreigners' identification cards, Mr. Palmdeti further revealed.

In terms of registered legal permanent residents in Ghana, there are about 375,000 foreigners working and schooling in Ghana. earlier reported that founder of the Glorious Wave Church International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi, has prophesied that Ghana could soon sink if politicians do not begin to listen to spiritual leadership.

The controversial pastor said the country is currently heading in the wrong direction and only spiritual leadership can save the situation.

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