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Biometric resident card

Just return to Madagascar after three months and come to learn that I will need to go to Tana to get my Biometric resident card.

I was able to go through the Tana airport with my resident visa in my passport, as my old resident plastic card has expired for about a year.

My Resident Visa in my passport is good till 2025, but I am seeing on the streets here in Mahajanga that the police are starting to stop vasaha for "new" resident cards.

I was thinking that maybe my passport would be enough of my resident status till a biometric machine came to my city in Mahajanga.

So, my question is-- what has been your experience in acquiring your biometric card?  I understand the cut-off date is at the end of Nov?   

Any government website you know of that clearly explains the rules.
Any Middle Man in Tana you know of that knows how to work the system to bring this painful chore to a smooth result, I mention this because time is short and travel and hotel expenses add up with each extra day. 

Thank you
Alex

Alex,
Through a French colleague in Maroantsetra, I found a person in the Ministry who has helped me tremendously in the process.  You should be aware that the list of necessary documents on the Internet is not complete. For example, my visa is for Regroupement Familiale, so I had to provide a color copy of my marriage act, a certified photocopy of my Malagasy wife's CIN, and an Attestation Bancaire, none of which are mentioned on the web site.

There was, of course, a "frais" to accelerate the process from 3 weeks to one, but I'll find out this week if that has worked out as promised.

Good luck!
Lilbuster

I certainly appreciate your response to my issue.  It was good to hear you tick off the other items which I was able to obtain but the acte de marriage, that I have is not in color. And you are correct about them not being on the internet, so on the official "help" document  those items you mentioned was hand written in later.  However I did get everything signed off by the Le Prefet, administrative Civil here in Mahajanga.  Last thing is for me to get is my document  from the court saying i have not been in trouble. That I will be getting this week when I am in Tana- heading on tues and making it a family trip since the kids are out of school now for two weeks.

I will update later about my progress. 

I read and heard conflicting stories about the cost of the Bio resident card.  Any up to date information about cost.? 
OR any other costs I will encounter and the approx. cost of that in a rounded off manner.?


Thanks for the good luck because I am going to need it

As I heard that "luck" is the residue of design- and I always feel my documents are incomplete till they remember once again what they forgot to mention I need again, which means another return trip to the government office and again and again, This has also happened to me at the bank, forgetting to tell me to bring all my documents complete.

Thank you
Alex

Alex,

Excuse me for expressing costs in Ariary, but (I've not yet obtained the carte in my hands) the cost of the CR is AR 1.200.000, and the frais d'accélération was Ar. 200.000. There remains the "remerciement" to the person who has helped me, but if she comes through this week, I'll be really grateful.

I've been waiting for the CR to transfer my driver's license over to biometric form. I've heard there is a December deadline. We'll see how that goes.

If you come to Tana on Tuesday, are you aware there is an Expat.com get-together on Wednesday evening at Fatapera in Antaninarenina? I'd like to meet you, if possible.

Cheers.

Thank you for the prices- I count that at $400 usa for the RC.   ( 6,000,000 fmg) 

And the Frais can be tricky.

Thank you once again

I am Tana now and went to court to get my document to prove I am a good person in Madagascar. That took 45 minutes. Then went in the afternoon to get my paperwork filed for bio resident card which took three hours. I had my picture taken and finger printed and documents put into the computer.  I was told that a SMS would come to my phone in two weeks with my code to pick up my completed documents. I will pick up my document and go pay at the cashier my 1200000 also listed as 6000000 fmg. I go with my receipt of payment which by the way can only be done in the morning of Mon Tues and Wed. I will get my new bio resident card in one to three days. 
Begger fee for the two government buildings twelve dollars. And 500 fmg for old woman on the street.
I recommend if vasaha wants to show they have lived here long time and wants better prices to speak in fmg .  But if you ego wants to show other , than by all means pay more by standing out and speak in Ar. Much like a tourist, or other aid worker.

When I was in Tana about 15 days ago to do my Bio card I was told to expect a code to my phone to report to Tana to pay and get my card with 24 to 72 hour lag time. I am back home now and I went to the local Mahajanga office for help and the agent here who called my contact in Tana to find out what is the delay.  The point is I do not want to miss the code because once I get my code I only have 30 days to complete my Bio Card app. or start the whole process over again.

I was given new information today that I do not have to pay the 1,200,000 ariary because I have been married for 10 years and  more in my case- the cost for the card is now 130,000 ariary for the card with a document from the upper office confirming my marriage then move onto cashier, then on to where I would get my bio card.

The reason I write this is to help others with misinformation that might have been given others and misinformation that may have been given to me.

I wish I could say I was 100% sure of everything but the rules are not clear because the rules are not clear to the government workers or they lack the memory to explain all.

If you know of a website with all the rules laid out then I would like to read that but the problem is that it is usually in French and Google translate can be blurred. 

I also remember that I  saw on the chart that hung on the cashier office that Ariary can be paid or Euro and nothing about Dollar.  In either case it would be best to pay in Ariary since the exchange rate is better than the government office.   

This is all will be done soon for me I hope soon but during the time of Francophone then rainy season which just slows thing down even further, if you can imagine that.

Thanks for any of your thoughts on this issue
Alex

Wow! I felt really good about the help I was given in getting my bio card, but there was no mention of the 10+ years of marriage, even though a copy of the marriage act was imperative.  Alex, can you be more specific, maybe even cite the code, that allowed this reduction in cost? My visa renewal is coming up in April, so I'd like to reduce the costs any way possible. (I have to pay yet again for the carte de residance).

Thanks

When I was in Tana and gave my documents to my agent- as if I am his client and no one else will help me. He told me I had to pay this expensive 1,200,000. Here in Mahajanga when I talked with my other agent local ( again I am  her client), she talked to him and it was here that he admitted I did not have to pay the hefty price ---- even though my marriage documents were plainly shown to him when I was in Tana two weeks prior.  Now I learned I
Just the 130,000 for the ten years marriage.  I began to become suspicious with different facts and start to get to thinking  that the Tana agent wants me to pay high so he can split the cost with profit in Half at the cashier. Its very confusing but I will try and unravel all this before I head back to Tana with my wife who speak Malagasy so can get closer to the truth. She is also confused because they never tell her the entire story and keep her as well in the dark.   
You , as long time resident to Madagascar, already knows  how this works  and government workers have nicer cars than I have. Anyway as for citing the code- I have not found that yet- if you have any website for me to review I will review that. Please send link!!!
I will certainly get back to you with any information to help as, it seems that we Vasaha are kept in the dark on purpose and finding the truth takes work.   I am interested in finding the truth so I can document everything to help all expats now and in the future. 
I will stay in touch as events unfold and will contribute all information, my mistakes ( and misinformation) as I learn the path to Bio resident card.

Are you saying that you now have your Bio Resident Card with picture and fingerprint????
Thank you
Alex

Alex,

Thanks very much for the reply. Yes, with the Ar. 200.000 "acceleration fee", I got my card within a week. I was really impressed with the IT setup that some foreign donor arranged for them. I've never seen a scanner as fast as that one!

Anyway, the person who facilitated the process gave me an "up-to-date- list of requirements, but I still see things that are lacking. There is no way that I know of to post documents on this forum, so ....?

What's bugging me now is the permis de conduire. I went through the process with minimal displeasure, but they gave me a rendez-vous to pick it up for 25 Nov. which falls during the Sommet de la Francophonie. I want to be as far away from Tana as possible during that time.  The next time I might be in Tana is February, when I begin the renewal of my visa. Not sure what might happen between now and then.

Cheers,

Thank you sir for your help.
I will update as I learn new information.

Is there any way that you can have your drivers license sent to you by post express for a fee of course.

Or send a worker to pick it up for you.
When I need my passport renewed years ago at the USA embassy I had my employee pick it up for me. It was during the coup.

I was also advised by local agent for my wife to go pick up my Bio Card to save me money from corruption fees as I will be a target.  But where is the fun in that not to go face to face with the local authorities and the stories I can share after. 
My wife may still convince me to have a friend in Tana to do  the legwork on the Bio card and send it post rapid later on.  It also depends on the weather as I would be traveling to tana by cotisse.

I will see on my mood in about a month- if you are in town then at the same time as me then I would enjoy getting together for a beer.
Alex

PRICES OF TAXES AND ISSUE OF RIGHTS CARD BIOMETRIC RESIDENTS



obtained of stay
Rights of residence visa
Rights of residents card issuance
+ 3 months to 1 year
Ar 150 000
€ 300
1-2 years
Ar 150 000
€ 400
2 to 3 years
Ar 150 000
€ 533.57
3 to 5 years
Ar 200 000
€ 609.80
5 to 10 years
Ar 250 000
€ 838.47
definitive
Ar 250 000
€ 300
Duplicate
Ar 150 000
€ 300
Replacement
Ar 150 000
€ 228.67
Special treatment:

Missionaries churches recognized by the state and their spouses resident in Madagascar ... ... ...... ......... ............ ....... ..... ............ .......... ....... ................ ...... ......... € 300
Foreign or native person of indeterminate nationality Madagascar ............ ......... ...... ............ ............ ......... ...... ...... ...... ... € 300
Foreign or person of undetermined nationality native of Madagascar and recognized indigent ......... ......... ......... ...... ......... ......... ......... ......... ...... ... Free
Foreign or person of indeterminate nationality who completed a job in a service of the State or Malagasy Armed Forces for at least 10 years ...... ...... ... Free
Foreign person or undetermined nationality aged under 70 years and resident in Madagascar for at least 20 years ......... ......... ......... ...... ......... ...... .Gratuité
Foreign or person of indeterminate nationality married for 10 years at least to a national Malagasy ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ............ ...... .. ... .. Free
Foreign or person of indeterminate nationality married for at least 5 years but less than 10 years to a national Malagasy ......... ...... ... ......... ......... ......... ... .300 €
PRICES OF TAXES AND ISSUE OF RIGHTS CARD BIOMETRIC RESIDENTS

http://www.mid.gov.mg/index.php/visa-de … aux-tarifs

this is the line I find interesting

Foreign or person of indeterminate nationality married for 10 years at least to a national Malagasy ............ ......... ......... ......... ......... ............ ...... .. ... .. Free

Good info, Alex.  I'll have to forward the link to the person in Tana who helped me and said that I should not believe what I see on the Internet, as it is probably outdated. In particular, I had pointed out that one about a free visa because of marriage.

I am impressed, you have people who  can help you who knows how to use the internet and open a link.

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