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Ghana Immigration Service
Ghana Immigration Service logo.jpg
Emblem of the Ghana Immigration Service
Department overview
Formed 1957
Jurisdiction Republic of Ghana
Headquarters Independence Avenue, Accra,
Greater Accra, Ghana
Minister responsible Dr. Peter Alexander Wiredu Ghana Police Service, Deputy Commissioner of Ghana Police Service
Department executive Adi Veronica Addy, Permanent Secretary
Parent Department Ministry of Interior (Ghana)
Website http://www.ghanaimmigration.org
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Ghana
Constitution

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is an organization in the Ministry of the Interior of Ghana which regulates the country's dealings with non-citizens.[1] The service also advises on and ensures the effective implementation of all laws and regulations pertaining to immigration and related issues.[2]

History[edit]

Prior to Ghana's independence from Britain, the service was known as the Immigration and Passport Unit,[3] and was under the auspices of the Colonial Police Force of the British-ruled Gold Coast.[3] The unit was headed by Mr. Nevile C. Hill.[3]

After the country gained independence in 1957, the expansion of the Ghanaian economy increased the number of foreign businessmen trading in the country. Again, because of Ghana's lead in the emancipation of the African continent from colonial rule, the number of tourists visiting the country, particularly from neighbouring African states, also increased. To control this influx, a Cabinet decision in 1960 moved the Immigration and Passport Unit to the Ministry of the Interior as a department. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs took over the issuing of passports after the change.

Three years after the Immigration Service was moved to the Ministry of Interior, the Aliens Act 1963 (Act 160) was enacted to give legal backing to immigration operations.[3] The Ghana Immigration Service was established in 1989 under PNDC Law 226. The service has a statutory mandate to regulate and monitor the entry, residence, employment and exit of foreigners in the country. The passage of the Immigration Act of 2000 (Act 573) expanded the functions and roles of the Service to include giving Indefinite Residence and Right of Abode facilities to foreigners.[3]

Functions of the service[edit]

The Immigration Service is charged with handling all the needs that relate to the country's dealings with non-citizens. The functions of the service are:[1]

  1. to create conducive environments, through the establishment of regulatory frameworks that facilitate the entry, residence and employment of foreigners in Ghana
  2. to promote socio-cultural and economic development, by drawing a tangent between the promotion of tourism, foreign direct investments, international business and technological transfer without compromising on national security.

Head of the service[edit]

The Immigration Service is headed by Director of Immigration DPOC, Dr. Peter Alexander Wiredu.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Ghana Immigration Service". www.mint.gov.gh. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ghana Immigration Service". www.ghana.gov.gh. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SERVICE". www.ghanaimmigration.org. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 01:17:12 -0700

It is in this regard that personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) began crying for one of their own to be made head, to replace the senior police officer who has been acting all these years. The senior police officer, Commissioner of Police ...
 
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The wpid-Ghana-Immigration-Service-GIS.jpg (GIS), Effutu Municipal Command, has launched a project that seeks to help reduce the incidence of child trafficking by 70 percent in the area by the end of 2016. The Effutu Municipal Commander of the Service, ...
 
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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Taking participants who were drawn from Port Health, Ghana Immigration Service, Customs and some support staff through causes, history and manifestation of the disease, the Public Health Specialist, who is also an occupational health specialist ...
 
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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Francis Palmdeti, Spokesman for Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), explained that screening was done by Port Health personnel and only they could declare a traveler unfit to travel out of or into the country. He said the major need of these port workers, ...
 
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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:47:04 -0700

Following The Informer's story that the Acting Head of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Commissioner of Police (COP), Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, would be removed and replaced by a senior immigration officer, The Informer has picked up very disturbing ...
 
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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 23:00:35 -0700

With Nigeria the latest Ebola country victim, Ghana's Immigration Service (GIS) has said that it will be a hard and harsh in screening everyone who will cross Ghana's borders. Head of Port Service in Takoradi Edward Saka told Joy News, the GIS is ...
 
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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0700

Immigration personnel at the Aflao border in the Volta region have accused persons they describe as miscreants of physically attacking them while on duty. Commander of the Aflao Border Control Unit of the Ghana Immigration Service, Adam Usman said the ...
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