U.S. lifts visa restrictions imposed on Ghana

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Government of Ghana became a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation which obliges Ghana through its Embassy in Washington, D.C., and its Consulate General in New York to interview deportees on a regular basis and issue the necessary travel documents.

The United States of America has lifted visa restrictions imposed on Ghana February 2019; by CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

The US imposed the visa restrictions in February 2019 after the Ghana government refused to accept the return of 7,000 deportees questioning their nationality and treatment.

The US accused the 7,000 deportees of being guilty of immigration offences, including abusing the terms of their visas.

Its embassy in Accra limited the awarding of visas to certain applicants.

The US embassy in Accra limited the awarding of visas to certain applicants, such as the domestic staff of diplomats posted to America.

Last year Ghana’s ambassador to the US Adjei-Bawuah dropped a hint that an agreement had been reached to return the deportees.

In a statement the US government said it had lifted the restrictions following “the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validating and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final orders of removal in a manner consistent with international standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, of which Ghana is a Member State.”

The statement further noted that all normal visa processing resume on January 17, 2020.

Government of Ghana became a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation which obliges Ghana through its Embassy in Washington, D.C., and its Consulate General in New York to interview deportees on a regular basis and issue the necessary travel documents.

The United States is one of Ghana’s principal trading partners, with trade volume exceeding $1.2 billion.

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