Liberia: Information on how one obtains and loses permanent resident status in Liberia, and copy of the Liberian Alien Act or naturalization law
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 May 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||LBR20519.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Liberia: Information on how one obtains and loses permanent resident status in Liberia, and copy of the Liberian Alien Act or naturalization law, 1 May 1995, LBR20519.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaf784.html [accessed 19 April 2015]|
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The following information was provided in a telephone interview by an official at the Liberian embassy in Washington, DC (12 May 1995). Permanent resident status can be obtained by applying to the Justice and Immigration Ministry in Liberia. This status is available to any one provided that he or she has no criminal record, is highly industrious, and wishes to make a contribution to the Liberian nation. The duration of this status is at the discretion of the ministry officials, but the usual period of validity ranges from one to three years. Applicants should make their application while in Liberia. An individual in possession of a visitor's visa can apply for permanent resident status while in the country. Persons with permanent resident status are permitted to seek employment, open a business or attend an institution of higher learning.
Permanent resident status can be revoked by the authorities on the basis of criminal activity, tax evasion, subversion of the government or for fraudulent business dealings with the government.
Copies of the requested legislation or information corroborating the above could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. However, for contrasting, but less recent information on permanent resident status in Liberia, please consult Response to Information Request 15920.E of 3 December 1993 available at Regional Documentation Centres.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of the Republic of Liberia, Washington, DC. 12 May 1995. Telephone interview with official.