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Ghana Work Visas & Work Permits

Learn how to get Ghana work visas, how to hire foreign workers in Ghana, and more

If you are interested in expanding your business to Ghana, part of the princess may be bringing in foreign workers to help. To bring foreign employees into Ghana, you will need Ghana work visas for every worker. 

The process of applying for Ghanaian work visas for your employees can be difficult, with, administrative hurdles and unique immigration laws adding to the potential difficulty. For this reason, it is important to follow the process carefully to avoid delays.

Horizons offers a wide range of services for Ghana work visas, immigration support, and outsourcing, to help your organization bolster your Ghanaian workforce with the best global talent.

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Basic requirements for Ghana work visas

Foreign workers need to get both a work visa and a work permit to legally work in Ghana. There are a number of basic requirements for these applications, including:
  • Valid passport
  • Health check
  • Official job contract
  • Employer’s business license
  • CV/resume of the applicant
  • Ghanaian ID card

Types of Ghana work visas

As mentioned above, foreign workers will need both a work visa, needed to enter the country for work, and a work permit, needed to start working in Ghana. 

The work visas are available as either single-entry or multiple-entry.

How to get a Ghana work visa

To begin the process, your employees should apply for the relevant Ghanaian work visa. This can be done at their local Ghanaian embassy/consulate. They will then need to submit all the requested documents, application forms, and associated fees and wait for the approval. You (the employer) will need to handle the employee’s work permit and residence permit applications, which can be done via the Ghana Immigration Service, a government agency. When the visa and permits have been approved, your employee is allowed to enter Ghana and start working legally.

Additional considerations

Some workers may wish to bring family along to Ghana to live. If they have a residence permit, they can lodge an application for family members to be linked to their residency. 

Processing times for Ghanaian visas and permits can vary, so it is always important to leave sufficient time before your employees need to travel.

How can Horizons help?

Horizons supports employers through the complex process of expanding into Ghana, and part of that service is helping foreign employees obtain Ghanaian work visas and permits. Our Ghana work visa specialists offer expert advice and custom outsourcing services to guide you and your workers through the nation’s complex immigration process. We will ensure that your organization is in full compliance with Ghana’s regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have about the process. Additionally, we offer an extensive range of outsourcing services that cover recruitment, payroll setup and management, HR, administration, and more to help your business start trading and expanding in Ghana as quickly and effectively as possible, even if you don’t have an official subsidiary in the country.