Visa Application Refund visa fees if applications are rejected – Kofi Kapito tells Embassies

The Executive Director of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), Kofi Kapito said that the US Embassy, British High Commission, and other foreign missions must refund visa fees if they reject the applications of persons who wish to travel to that country.

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The Executive Director of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), Kofi Kapito, has called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to demand better services for Ghanaians from foreign missions.

He said that he will petition the ministry to take action on a list of problems he believes must be addressed at the various embassies.

Mr Kapito explained that it was time “Ghanaians spoke against unfair treatment because we are not slaves”.

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Speaking to Accra-based Class FM, he said that the US Embassy, British High Commission, and other foreign missions must refund visa fees if they reject the applications of persons who wish to travel to that country.

He explained that visa application fees vary at the British High Commission depending on the duration of one’s stay in the UK. However, an individual who pays a higher amount for a particular duration could be given approval to stay for a shorter period while the difference in visa cost is not refunded.

He also it was not good practise that foreign missions could easily obtain information on Ghanaian travellers from their banks when such information is supposed to be confidential.

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He questioned why Chinese travel to Ghana and obtain visa on arrival yet Ghanaians who wish to travel to China cannot also obtain visa after they have arrived in the Asian country.

He argued that foreigners do not encounter hostilities when they visit Ghana and therefore other countries needed to treat Ghanaians right.

He asked why successive leaders have not done anything for such issues. He, therefore asked the leaders of Ghana to sit up and ensure that Ghanaians are treated right.

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