US embassy in Ghana issued 16,000 visas in 2017

According to the ambassador US visas demanded by Ghanaians has increased by more than 30 percent.

The embassy will issue more visas to Ghanaians seeking entry into the US than it did last year said US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson.

According to the ambassador US visas demanded by Ghanaians has increased by more than 30 percent and in 2017 the Embassy issued 16,000 visas to Ghanaians.

“We issued 16,000 visas last year. This year, we are going to issue a higher number because visa demand is up by between 30 and 60 percent. We haven't seen the final numbers but that is why we are interviewing so many people each day to attempt to meet the demand,” he added.

The Ambassador made the comments on the back of the US Embassy's claims that the government of Ghana was not complying with international obligations on the issuance of travel documents to Ghanaians awaiting deportation in the USA.


The US would be forced to begin implementing visa restrictions in accordance with its laws as a responsibility owed the American people, he stated.

86 deported from the US in March 2018 for flouting immigration rules were Ghanaians

“It is unfortunate that almost 7,000 Ghanaians are facing deportation from the US because they have overstayed their visas or broken US law. We have been working with the government of Ghana my entire time here to repatriate people in the most humane way possible,” he said. The statement that the embassy issues saying that Ghana could face visa sanctions is not a threat, and I don't want it to be a threat. What I want is for the embassy of Ghana in the United States to interview one person facing deportation and issue one travel document every business day. If the Embassy does that, we will solve this problem,” his statement.


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