The U.S. government has lifted Ghana’s visa restrictions placed by Section 243(d) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.
According to the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, visa issuance will return to normal practices on “Thursday, January 17, 2020.” The U.S. imposed visa restrictions on Ghana in February 2019 after the West African country refused to accept the release of 7,000 Ghanaian citizens to deport.
The U.S. government imposed visa restrictions on Ghana for what it said was the failure of the Akufo-Addo administration to provide travel documents to over 7,000 Ghanaian citizens awaiting deportation from the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security ordered the US Embassy in Ghana to discontinue issuing both non-immigrant visas (NIV) to two groups of Ghanaian applicants effective February 4, 2019.
They’re Ghanaian diplomats ‘ domestic workers sent to the US.
Limitations were also imposed on the length and volume of admissions for foreign visitors and business visas for all employees of the Ghanaian Executive and Legislative Branch, their families, and their children under the age of 21 to one-month entry.
Upon enforcing the restrictions, most public service employees who used to win five-year visas now get a maximum of three weeks, with others having far less.
“The validity duration and amount of entries for a new visitor and company visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative workers, their families, and their children under 21 will return to normal validity dependent on reciprocity, which is usually five years with multiple entries.
The Embassy continued,” Both outstanding non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees (A3 and G5) of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States during the visa restrictions will now be issued, “following the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validation, and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final removal orders.