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Whilst most expats move to Ghana to volunteer, there are still a number of opportunities in mining, oil, gas and the shipping industries. Ghana’s growing service sector is also driving the economy with a boom in the tourism sector; in contrast to its neighbouring countries.
There are a variety of immigration employment categories however, there are three main work permit categories that are used for expats entering Ghana.
The first is the In Quota Work Permit, which is the standard work permit for foreign nationals entering to live and work in Ghana. Provided the Ghanaian entity have available positions within their quota.
The second quota category is a Discretionary Quota Work Permit, this is used if the host entity has no further automatic Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (“GIPC”) quotas.
The third main type of application category is an Oil and Gas Work Permit, for a host entity operating as an oil and gas company.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants.
It is important to note that some of the steps within the work permit application process include submitting a work permit application, an entry visa application, a foreigners’ registration application and finally a residence permit application.
We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
Documentary requirements will vary according to personal and company circumstances, and as such, we would provide case-specific advice following receipt of a completed questionnaire. You will need to submit various documents which include, but are not limited to:
Your original passport, degree certificate and/or CV, passport photos, job description, as well as, marriage certificate and birth certificate for family dependants. The sponsoring and sending companies will also need to provide a number of supporting documentation.
Some personal documents will also need to be legalised prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with both processes.
Work Permit (In Quota) – Takes typically 3 to 5 months until entry to Ghana, and a further 2 weeks to 1 month before the process is complete.
Work Permit (Discretionary Quota) – Takes typically 2 to 6 months until entry to Ghana, and a further 2 weeks to 1 month before the process is completed.
Work Permit (Oil and Gas) – Takes roughly 2 to 6 months until entry to Ghana and a further 2 weeks to 1 month before the process is completed.
For Discretionary Quota Work Permits and Oil and Gas Work Permits, the duration of stay is up to 12 months. However, the Discretionary Quota Work Permit has a maximum duration of up to 5 years.
Most people travelling to Ghana will need a tourist/ business visa before arriving in Ghana for a short non-immigrant stay. Nationals of African countries may not need to apply for a visa. For more information please contact us.
You are able to apply for permanent residency in Ghana if you meet certain criteria which include living in Ghana for more than 10 years and also if you are able to prove that you have made a substantial contribution to Ghanaian economy.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation. Check with Newland Chase for all up-to-date information on visa requirements and for assistance with ensuring a successful application.