Ghana: ISAG Educated On Immigration Permit Acquisition Processes

A one-day workshop to inform and educate members of the International Spouses Association of Ghana (ISAG) on the requirements and processes to acquire immigration permits in Ghana has ended in Accra.

The workshop was put together by the Migration Management Bureau (MMB) of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

A statement copied the Ghanaian Times by Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta, Head of Public Affairs, GIS, said the beneficiaries were taken through Emergency Entry Visa, Extension Permit, Spousal Indefinite Residence Permit, Investor (General) Indefinite Residence Permit, Right of Abode and Citizenship.

It said the Deputy Comptroller-General of Immigration (DCGI) in-charge of Legal, Research and Monitoring, Madam Baaba Asare, who spoke on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, said the ISAG has had a long standing relationship with GIS since its creation in 1994.

"I recall the times when some of your pioneers sought audience with the former Director of Immigration, now Ghana's Ambassador to Spain, Ambassador Elizabeth Adjei and her readiness to engage you," she added.

"We are delighted you are here to get more insight and explanation to all issues relating to immigration permits," she added.

DCGI Asare assured ISAG of the GIS's continuous support to helping them acquire appropriate work and residence permits and said she was hopeful the relationship between GIS and ISAG would deepen.

Madam Asare recognised the contribution of members of ISAG to the concept paper on Indefinite Residence Permit when the Immigration Act of 2000, ACT 573, was being drafted.

She commended them for making Ghana their second home and for contributing to the socio-economic development of their families and the country.

DCGI Asare advised them to be law-abiding to consolidate the achievement of Ghana in ensuring peace and security.

The president of ISAG, Dr Rebecca Ashley Asare, in her remarks noted that the association was formed to help foreign spouses to acquire residence permits but later expanded to include helping spouses to fully integrate into the Ghanaian society and contribute to its development.

She said apart from contributing to the Immigration Act of 2000 which granted them indefinite residence permit with the right to live and work in Ghana, ISAG contributed to the enactment of Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) Act of 2013, ACT 865, which exempts them from the requirement of foreign capital import when registering a business.

Dr Asare thanked GIS for the continuous support to the association.

She however raised concerns about the challenges members go through to acquire indefinite residence permit as well as dual citizenship and urged GIS to address them.

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