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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 Mr. Mark Owen Woyongo, Minister for the Interior
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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44 news items

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:22:37 -0700

Speaking at a durbar organized in his honour, the Acting Director of GIS, Commissioner of Police (COP) Peter Alex Wiridu, disclosed that the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) was embarking on the construction of an 8-storey headquarters building ...


Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:45:00 -0700

Credible information reaching The Chronicle has revealed that top officials of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) were summoned by the Ministry of Interior over revelation by The Chronicle that travel details of passengers using Kotoka International ...


Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:22:30 -0700

wpid-Ghana-Immigration-Service-GIS.jpg A press statement signed by the Chairman of the Coalition, Mr Alagskomah Asakeya Noble and the Secretary, Mr Thomas Abagmbire and issued to the GNA in Bolgatanga, said the Coalition has noted that the ...


Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:11:15 -0700

One hundred and twenty four junior officers of Enforcement Intelligence Bureau (EIB) of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) have for the past two months undergone training in intelligence to equip them with modern skills in their operational duties.


Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:07:30 -0700

Some aggrieved junior officers of the Ghana Immigration Service in Tamale are accusing their Northern Regional Commander, Assistant Director of Immigration (ADI) Mr. Eric Afari, of alleged “inhumane treatment, disrespect for human dignity, tribalism ...
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:15:00 -0700

The tour which enabled the Minister to interact with personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Prison Service, Ghana Immigration Service and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to know at first hand their ...


Vibe Ghana
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:02:20 -0700

The durbar brought together personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Customs, Execise and Preventive Service, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana National Fire Service and National Disaster Management Organization. The event ...


Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:41:15 -0700

Under the varied bail condition, the court said the police station which would record Amoateng as having reported himself should notify the CID Headquarters accordingly. Meanwhile, an official from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is expected to ...

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