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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
Department executive
  • COP Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, Director of Immigration
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

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is an organization under 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 COP, 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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407 news items

 
AllAfrica.com
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0700

The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Mr. James Agalga, who is also the Member of Parliament for Builsa North, has called on Members of Parliament to give serious attention to the Immigration Service Bill which is, currently, before the House. The ...
 
BusinessGhana
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:45:00 -0700

Officials were drawn from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Ghana Immigration Service, freight forwarders, transporters, the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service and insurance ...
 
Graphic Online
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 07:37:30 -0700

In line with that, the timely deployment of combined teams of personnel from the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prison Service, the Ghana National Fire Service and the Ghana Immigration Service to various polling stations and locations to maintain law ...

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Citifmonline
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:18:45 -0700

A task force has been formed in Bawku to monitor and supervise the district assembly and unit committee level elections in the Bawku Municipal and its environs. The task force is consists of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Army, Ghana Prison Service, ...

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Citifmonline
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:38:34 -0700

“In view of this, the deployment of combined team of personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Prison Service, Ghana National Fire Service and Ghana Immigration Service to various polling stations and locations to maintain law and order for the ...

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Citifmonline
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:03:45 -0700

An Accra Circuit court presided over by Ellen Vivian Amoah has urged lawyers for former legislator Eric Amoateng to file a submission of no case involving a case in which he is being tried for possessing a fake Ghanaian passport. Her comments followed ...

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Ghana Business News
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:48:45 -0700

In all, 800 border officials from the Port Health Unit of Ghana Health Service, Ghana Immigration Service, and the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority based at Tema and Takoradi Ports, Kotoka International Airport as well as Elubo, Aflao, Paga, ...

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Citifmonline
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:48:19 -0700

An Accra Circuit court presided over by Ellen Vivian Amoah has urged lawyers for former legislator Eric Amoateng to file a submission of no case involving a case in which he is being tried for possessing a fake Ghanaian passport. Her comments followed ...
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