Ghana Immigration Service

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Ghana Immigration Service
Independence Ave., Ridge, Accra, Ghana
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+233 (0)302-224445 / 221667 / 674125 / 213401
+233(0)302- 258249
Establishment year 1957



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The Ghana Immigration Service has been established as the agency of the government of Ghana to advise on and to ensure the effective implementation of all laws and regulations pertaining to immigration and related issues.
The Director of Immigration being the head of the service acts as the chief adviser to the service board and the Minister of Interior. The day-to-day administration is the responsibility of the Director.

The Ghana Immigration Service is mandated to regulate and monitor the entry, residence, employment and exit of all foreigners. Movement of Ghanaians in and out of the country is equally monitored.

This site is designed to provide basic information about the visa and work permit application process in Ghana. It is not intended to be a full explanation of Ghana government’s Immigration policy and is provided only as a general guide which does not constitute a legal advice.

The Ghana government through the Ministry of the Interior on the advice of the Ghana Immigration Service board formulates immigration policies.

The Ghana Immigration Service started as the Immigration and Passport Unit of the Gold Coast Colonial Police Force under the command of Mr. Nevile C. Hill.

On attainment of independence in 1957, the rapid expansion of the economy coupled with Ghana’s role as a trailblazer in the African liberation struggle led to the country being swamped with foreign businessmen, tourists and African aliens. To control this influx, a Cabinet decision in 1960 transferred the Immigration Unit to the Ministry of the Interior as a separate department, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs took over the issuing of passports. These measures were taken to enhance service delivery. Three (3) years later, the aliens Act 1963, Act 160 was enacted to give legal backing to immigration operations.

In November 1989, by PNDC Law 226, the Immigration Department was converted into a Paramilitary Service.

Established under PNDC Law 226 in 1989, the Ghana Immigration Service remains the sole institution with the statutory mandate to regulate and monitor the entry, residence, employment and the exit of foreigners in the country. The passage of the Immigration Act 2000, Act 573 expanded the functions and roles of the Service. Prominent among these are the Indefinite Residence and Right of Abode facilities.

Para-military training for Immigration Officers became imperative following the conversion of the erstwhile Immigration Department under the Ministry of the Interior into a security service under PNDCL 226 of 1989.

With this new status, the need was felt to have the Service’s own training facility where professional training of staff could be delivered. Prior to the establishment of the Academy and Training School in 1998, Immigration Officers were trained by the Military, the Police and the Fire Service.

The establishment of the school is credited to the former Director of Immigration Mr. W.K.Aboah (Rtd. Commissioner of Police) who acquired two road construction camps from the Assin Traditional authorities which were later converted into what is now known as Immigration Academy and Training School. The road camps were part of the estates that were handed over to the Assin Chiefs by the construction firms that built the Yamoransa/Kumasi highway- Kajima Shimuzu and Daewoo Construction Firms.

In December 2001, His Excellency, the Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama commissioned the Academy and Training School and reviewed the first graduation parade of Cadet Corps of the Academy. Two years later in 2003, the second cadet corps graduated from the Academy. The review officer was Hon. Prof. Dominic Fobi.

The Academy will continue to be the venue for career enhancement for serving officers and induction training for new entrants. The objective of the training is to build capacity in the Service by equipping officers with relevant knowledge and skills required to develop their leadership and managerial potentials.

The Commandant of the Academy is Major Mathias Kwasi Agordekpey (Rtd). He was preceded by Mr. A.A. Adubah (Rtd. ACP) who was the first Commandant of the Academy.
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