The US government has indicated that effective Friday, January 17, 2020, it will lift visa restrictions it placed on Ghana a year ago, ABC News can report.
The ban, which was imposed on February 4, 2019, in accordance with Section 243 (d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act, affected executive and legislative branch employees, their spouses and children under 21 who were applying for business and tourist visas.
It also affected domestic employees of Ghanaian diplomats posted to the United States who were seeking non-immigrant visas.
The US Embassy to Ghana, in a press release sighted by ABC News, stated that “As of Friday, January 17, 2020, visa processing will return to normal procedures.”
“This follows the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validation and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final orders of removal in a manner consistent with international standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, of which Ghana is a member state” the embassy noted in the press release.
When the ban is lifted, it will process all pending visa applications received in respect of non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees of (A3 and G5) of Ghanaians diplomats posted in the United States.
The embassy indicated that in addition, the one-month single entry rule it imposed on new tourists and business visas (B1, B2 and B1/2) for all employees of the executive and legislature in Ghana, their spouses and children under 21, “will revert to using the normal validity, based on reciprocity, which is currently five years with multiple entries.”
Read the full press release below;