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Ghana is in West Africa. The Ghanaian political system is a constitutional democracy governed by the Constitution.

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), established under the Ministry of the Interior, is the frontline agency responsible for the entry, residence, and employment of foreign nationals in Ghana.
The Ghanaian immigration process is reliable, predictive, and fast.

Ghana requires the following to live and work in the country: An entry visa, work permission, an Alien ID card, and a residence permit.
Transfer of skills is an important topic in Ghana.

Types of Permits (Visa) and Residence in Ghana

IBN Immigration Solutions consults and assists with all Ghanaian visa applications.
Contact us, and we’ll assign a specialist in Ghana immigration and visas to oversee your case.
Your specialist will ensure that you apply for the visa that suits your needs.

There are 5 types of Permit and Visa in Ghana, including Permanent Residence and Citizenship in Ghana

Ghana Tourist/Business E-Visa

Ghana Tourist/Business E-Visa

The Ghana tourist visa is for tourism and other non-business-related purposes only.
The visa can be granted for 60 or 90 days, depending on the country of origin. African Union nationals can obtain permits on entry.
However, you’re advised to apply for this visa before travelling so you don’t have to wait long at your port of entry into Ghana.

Business visitors to Ghana must obtain the appropriate entry visa from a Ghanaian consulate abroad. A
n emergency visa on arrival is available when there is no Ghanaian consulate, or you must travel urgently and there isn’t time to visit the nearest consulate. Your Ghanaian immigration consultant will provide you with more details, should this be the case.

Business visa holders can attend business meetings, conferences, and seminars in Ghana. They can also conduct very limited productive work, including aftersales installation works and repairs. The visa is valid for 60 to 90 days, depending on your country of origin.

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Ghana Special Pass/Short-Term Work Permit

Ghana Special Pass/Short-Term Work Permit

Ghana has no specific short-term work permit.
However, a rotator permit for the oil and gas sector is available.
See more in the FAQs below.

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Ghana Work Permit

Ghana Work Permit

In Ghana, a work permit is called a long-term work authorisation visa. It’s usually valid for one year and may be renewed upon application to the Comptroller General of Immigration.

The industries in Ghana may have specific application requirements in addition to the general requirements for all work authorisation permits. For example, the Petroleum Commission (Oil and Gas) has additional requirements that include advertising the position in national newspapers, submitting a succession plan, and submitting quarterly appraisal reports.

You are fully authorised to work in Ghana once you have a work permit and a residence permit in your passport.
Once you receive your residence permit, you can freely move in and out of Ghana without needing a separate visa.

A traveller who intends to stay in Ghana beyond 90 days must obtain a non-Citizens ID card before applying for the residence permit.

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Ghana Non-Citizen ID Card

Ghana Non-Citizen ID Card

You must apply for this Ghanaian visa after the work permit is issued but before applying for residence.
The Ghana Non-citizen ID card takes only a few days to be issued.

The advantage is that you can use the ID card to move around in Ghana while applying for a residence permit.
Your passport may be required. Your Ghanaian immigration consultant will let you know.

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Ghana Residence Application

Ghana Residence Application

The last step is to apply for a residence permit.
Applications usually take around four weeks.

You’re only allowed to work after the residence permit is issued.
The residence permit for accompanying spouses and children can also be issued.

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Ghana Visa / Permit Requirements, Forms & Documentation

All visitors to Ghana must obtain the appropriate visas from a Ghanaian Consulate abroad. In some instances, you might be able to get a visa on arrival to Ghana unless you are otherwise exempt from obtaining visas.

Your Ghanaian immigration consultant will explain the requirements that apply to you. They can also help you procure the necessary forms and documents to process your Ghanaian visa application.

You must get a work permit before entering Ghana if your purpose is to work there.

Applications are submitted in Ghana to the Comptroller General of Immigration. One of the requirements is that you need a local company to sponsor your immigration application.

You can travel to Ghana once the work permit is granted and you have a letter of approval from the Ghanaian government. Then your work permit comes into effect.

A medical examination by the GIS is mandatory in Ghana. This is one of the requirements that has been extended to all types of Ghanaian immigration permits, including renewals.

Ghana Work Permit Forms and Documents

  • An application letter from the host company
  • An employment contract or assignment letter
  • Educational and professional certificates and resume
  • The company’s business registration documentation
  • Evidence of attempts to recruit a Ghanaian citizen for the position
  • A police clearance certificate from your country of origin. The certificate must not be more than a year old.
  • A medical report that is not more than two years old
  • A tax clearance certificate from the employer
  • A letter of support from a government agency (if applicable) and a bio data page of your passport
  • A completed statuto

Ghana Visa / Permit Costs

The costs and fees for the different Ghanaian visas vary.
Your immigration consultant can go through the costs applicable to your visa so you know exactly what you’re paying for.
This also ensures that you aren’t caught out by hidden processing fees.

How to apply for full work authorisation (Ghana Work Permit) in Ghana:

The host company must get a recommendation from an agency in Ghana that applies to the relevant industry.
For example, a company active in the mining industry must obtain a recommendation letter for every new foreign worker.
Companies involved in the oil and gas industry must apply for a recommendation letter from the Petroleum Commission.

Once the recommendation letter has been received, the employer must send an application for a work permit to the Ghana Immigration Service.

You must apply for a Ghanaian residence permit after the work permit has been issued.
You’re allowed to start work in Ghana once you receive the residence permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

The legislation governing immigration in Ghana is the Immigration Act of 2000 and Immigration Regulations of 2001.

The main agency responsible for entry, employment and residence in Ghana is the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). In addition, several other agencies have an active role in Ghana’s immigration system such as the Petroleum Commission (PC) in respect of companies active in the Petroleum industry, the Minerals Commission (MC) in respect of companies active in Mining, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) for other companies with non-Ghanaian participation, the Free Zones Board (GFBZ) for companies registered as Free Zones companies and the National Communication Authority (NCA). These agencies are involved in various ways such as the issuance of immigrant quotas and recommendation and authorisation processes of companies looking at employing foreigners within their firms.

When you wish to work in Ghana as a foreigner on a long term basis a long term work permit has to be applied for. The three step process described above is applicable as well. A long term work permit is issued for a period of 12 months and is renewable.

Automatic quotas can be issued to fully or partially owned foreign employers with investments made into Ghana. Depending on the invested capital the Ghana investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) can grant a work permit quota regulating the number of expats that can be employed. The employer has to be registered with the GIPC first.

A residence permit has to be applied for after obtaining a work permit. This permit allows the foreigner to ‘reside’ in Ghana. Among required documents that will have to be provided with the application is a valid work permit, a medical report, police clearance report from home country, a passport copy of the applicant etc. The processing time for a residence permit is approximately three to four weeks.

Spouses and other dependant family members may apply for a residence permit along with the main applicant in order to receive authorisation to reside in Ghana.

Foreigners of 6 years or older who reside in Ghana for 90 days or longer cumulatively have to apply for a Non-Citizens Ghanean ID card.

This is a special work permit category created for foreigners working the oil and gas industry. A rotator permit can be issued for up to 6 months while a long term permit is valid for 6 to 12 months.

Note that citizens from any ECOWAS (West African) countries can apply for a special ECOWAS work permit . The process is significantly easier than for any other nationals.

Ghanaian Immigration laws define a dependant to include a spouse and a child. A marriage certificate and birth certificate usually evidence this respectively. In order to be eligible for a dependent residence permit the applicant must reside with the main applicant in Ghana. This permit does not allow the dependent to work. Where work is expected, a dependent must obtain a work permit.
Ghana does not recognise same-sex marriages and such partners would not qualify as dependents.

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