The United States of America has officially lifted visa restrictions imposed on Ghana following a row between the two countries last year.
In a statement, the U.S Embassy in Ghana reveals the lifting of sanctions due to an agreement between the two nations.
In February 2019, the U.S Department of Homeland Security in coordination with the State Department ordered the U.S Embassy in Ghana to apply visa restrictions on Ghanaian nationals.
The restrictions were put in place due to the Government of Ghana’s failure to fully cooperate in accepting deported nationals.
But that has now been lifted, sending the visa process back to the levels they were before the sanctions.
Read U.S embassy statement on it below…
Statement on the End of U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Restrictions in Ghana
The United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section 243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. As of Friday, January 17, 2020, visa processing will return to the normal procedures.
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.