The Ghana Immigration Service has been established as the Agency under the Ministry of the
Interior to advise on and to ensure the effective implementation of all laws and regulations pertaining to immigration and related issues.
The Comptroller General of Immigration, being the head of the Service acts as the Chief Advisor to the Service Board and the Minister of the Interior. He/She is also responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Service.
The Ghana Immigration Service is mandated to regulate and monitor the entry, residence, employment and exit of all foreigners. The movement of Ghanaians into and out of the country is equally monitored.
To achieve its vision, the Service has set for itself three strategic objectives and these are as follows:
Managing Migration in the National Interest by;
- Promoting migration that contributes to the economic, social and developmental interests of Ghana and the communities residing therein
- Facilitating the border crossings of legitimate travellers at authorized routes
- Administering the rights of visitors to Ghana.
Defend Against Irregular Migration:
Preventing, detecting and deterring border crossings at unauthorized routes
Detecting and stopping threats at entry points.
To Contribute To National Security:
Tackling immigration crime
Collaborating with other Ghanaian security agencies
Working with other states to improve the quality of operations
Delivering excellence in migration management for national development
To build a stronger and better Ghana by operating fair but firm immigration controls that regulate and facilitate the movement of people through Ghana’s borders and efficient, effective residence and work permit systems that meet the social and economic needs of the country.
The main legal instruments governing the work of the Ghana Immigration Service are the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, Immigration Service Act, 1989 (PNDCL 226) now repealed by the passage of Immigration Service Act 2016 (Act 908), the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573), Immigration Service Regulation 2001 (L.I 1691), Immigration (Amendment) Act, 2012 (Act 848) the Security and Intelligence Agencies Act 1996 (Act 526) and the Anti-Terrorism (amendment) Act, 2012 (Act 842). The Service is generally charged with the responsibility of enforcing all the enactments relating to entering, exit, residence and the employment of foreign nationals in Ghana.
Address: The Comptroller General, Ghana Immigration Service, (off Ako Adjei overpass), Independence Avenue, Accra
Location: Off Ako Adjei Overpass, Independence Avenue, Accra
Tel: +233 302 224445, +233 302 221667, +233 302 674125, +233 302 213401, +233 302 258250
Fax: +233 302 258249
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