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Ghana Work Visas & Permits

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Ghana’s sustained economic growth makes this West African nation a viable option for businesses searching for locations where they can expand abroad. That said, you’ll need to make sure any foreign employees have the necessary visas and permits before they can begin working for your company in Ghana.

If you’re already managing a successful business, it may be challenging to navigate the process involved with an international expansion. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to getting work permits for your employees, Globalization Partners can offer the support you need.

Types of Working Visas in Ghana

Like any other country, Ghana offers a specific set of visas to foreign nationals. Citizens of nations within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are able to travel to Ghana without an entry visa. All other foreign nationals will need to obtain a visa from the Ghanaian embassy in their country of residence.

Types of visas include:

  • Single-entry visas, which allow the holder to cross the Ghanaian border once and stay for up to three months
  • In addition to an entry visa, foreign nationals will need a residence permit and a work permit to live and work in Ghana.

What Documents Are Required to Obtain a Work Visa in Ghana?

It’s up to the employer to apply for a work permit on behalf of any foreign workers they hire. The employee will need to provide the following documents:

  • A photocopy of a valid passport
  • A CV demonstrating the employee’s qualifications to work in Ghana
  • A medical certificate
  • A police background check from the employee’s country of residence

In addition to these documents, the employer must provide:

  • The employment contract
  • The company’s current audit code
  • A tax clearance certificate
  • Regulations of the company code
  • The company’s certificates of incorporation and registration
  • The company’s certificate to commence business
  • Proof that the company advertised the job to local workers in Ghana

After obtaining a work permit, foreign nationals will still need a residence permit before they can begin working in Ghana. The required documents for this permit include:

  • Two passport photos
  • A valid original passport
  • An approved work permit
  • An employment contract
  • A non-citizen ID card
  • Business registration documents and tax clearances for the employer

How to Get a Work Visa in Ghana: The Application Process

While the list of required documents to obtain work and residence permits in Ghana may seem daunting, the application procedures are relatively straightforward.

The prospective employee should begin by applying for an entry visa at the Ghanaian embassy in their country of residence — or in the nearest country if there is no embassy in the country of residence. In addition to a completed application form, applicants should be prepared to provide a visa that is valid for at least six months, passport photos, a letter from their employer, and proof of immunization against yellow fever.

The employee should also provide any necessary documents to the employer so that they can apply for a work permit and residence permit. Applications for work permits and residence permits should be submitted to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

Once the GIS has approved both permits, the employee may travel to Ghana and begin working.

Other Important Considerations for Foreign Workers in Ghana

There’s a strong possibility that some employees will wish to bring family members along to Ghana, so your company should be familiar with the process for them as well. Foreign employees who hold residence permits can apply for dependent resident permits on behalf of spouses, children, and parents over the age of 60. In addition to the standard documents, applicants will need to provide proof of the relationship to the employee, such as a marriage or birth certificate.

Join the Globalization Partners Team

At Globalization Partners, we’ll manage the risks associated with your expansion so that you can focus on managing your business. Our team of global experts will provide the support you need as you expand to Ghana and beyond. To learn more about our Global Expansion Platform™reach out to us today.

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