Breaking News: US Lifts Visa Restrictions On Ghana

The United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section 243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act on Ghana.

According to a statement released by the United States Embassy in Ghana, visa processing will return to the normal procedures from Friday, January 17, 2020.

The US government in 2019 applied visa sanctions on Ghana.

The sanction meant applying for a US visa was no longer a straightforward process for Ghanaian nationals.

The decision by the US department of homeland security (DHS) and department of state was due to Ghana’s “lack of cooperation” in accepting its citizens ordered removed from the US.

In a statement, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen said Ghana has “denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.”

But after almost one year, the restriction has been lifted.

Read the full statement below…

The validity period and number of entries on new tourist and business visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative branch employees, their spouses, and their children under 21 will revert to receiving the normal validity, based on reciprocity, which is currently five years with multiple entries.

All pending non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees (A3 and G5) of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States that were received during the visa restrictions will now be processed.

This follows 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.

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