EXTEND D.R CONGO passport deadline!
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Call to extend the deadline for the new DRC passports.
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is attempting to siphon millions of dollars from Congolese citizens by forcing them to acquire new passports by October 16th 2017. Not only is this an unrealistic deadline (announced in August 2017), but it does not take into account the current visas and permits that individuals have in their current passports. People will lose their visas, residence permits etc. that have, in some cases, taken years to acquire. In addition to that, the government claims that any citizens returning to Congo will have their passports seized at the port of entry and will be forced to apply for the new passport effective immediately.
This issue has far reaching consequences, as the South African High Commission to Lubumbashi has released a statement in support of the government, and has warned all citizens that South African visas will no longer be issued to individuals with the older version of the passport. In addition to this, all visas and permits that are not transferred to the new passport will be cancelled and as a result, individuals will need to reapply for another visa.
Whether this passport is necessary is another issue, however we are calling on the government of the DRC to extend the deadline to December 2018 to enable citizens to update their passports without the risk of losing their current permits and visas.
We ask you to please make a stand for justice and peace.
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