What is the change? Ghanaian officials are only accepting non-citizen ID card renewal applications after the expiration of an applicant’s old card.

What does the change mean? Applicants must wait until their old non-citizen ID cards (Ghana cards) expire before submitting a renewal application. The change could have consequences on the timing of immigration filings, including residence permit renewals.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Non-citizen ID cards (Ghana cards).
  • Who is affected: Anyone applying for new National ID cards, including foreign nationals.   
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times for non-citizen ID cards have improved in recent months, but the change means applicants will have to wait longer to submit renewal applications.

Background: National ID cards are used for a number of immigration services, including residence permit renewal. They are also used for opening bank accounts, obtaining driver licenses and other services. Earlier this year, Ghana switched to a new type of ID card that includes a data microchip. The change initially delayed card issuance significantly, though processing times have improved in recent weeks.

Analysis & Comments: While processing times have improved, national ID card applicants should note that non-citizen ID cards can only be renewed after the expiration of their old card. This could impede the ability to receive services for which a valid non-citizen ID card is required.

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