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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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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]


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]


  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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Graphic Online
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 19:00:00 -0800

Official sources said the President has also appointed Mr Felix Sarpong, the Deputy Director of Operations of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to act as the Director of Immigration. He takes over from Dr Peter Wiredu, who has proceeded on leave ...


Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:30:00 -0800

These laws, he said, are operationalized by the visa application and processing regimes instituted in the Ghana Immigration Service and Ghana's Missions abroad, pointing out that “the Ghana Immigration Service administers the issuance of emergency ...

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Graphic Online
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:56:15 -0800

On the arrest of Sadat, the source said he was picked up on the premises of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in Accra, where he claimed he was seeking employment for someone. The source said a letter purportedly signed by Major Sadat Salami of the ...

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Ghana Business News
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:18:45 -0700

Government is restructuring the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to reflect its expanded roles and current challenges in the institution's workings and structures and to enable personnel to carry arms for their safety. Consequently, the government has ...
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:37:30 -0800

These would include new entrants such as the Narcotics Control Board, the National Road Safety Commission, the Ghana Immigration Service, Aviation Security, and the Ghana Fire Service among others, to sustain the project. She said TOSS with the current ...

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:56:42 -0700

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has been hit with a recruitment scam as StarrFMonline.com has intercepted audio tapes of a botched recruitment feud between an officer and his alleged victim. The officer, Douglas Gyamfi, with the bands unit of the ...
Sun, 06 Sep 2015 10:37:30 -0700

The Board Chairman of the Ghana Immigration Service, Cletus Avoka has disclosed that the Service will soon resort to the use of automation and ICT to collect revenue in order to reduce human interferences. According to him, this will minimize the spate ...

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Graphic Online
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:17:10 -0700

Mr Isaac Fenning, acting Public Relations Officer of Latex Foam (right), receiving an award from Mr Felix Sarpong, Deputy Director (Operations), Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), at the Ghana Club 100 awards held in Accra. By: Daily Graphic Date ...

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