You are responsible for obtaining your study visa for Ghana. Keep in mind that the Ghanaian Consular Service offices are not affiliated with New York University. They are entities of the Ghanaian national government that issue visas and perform other official functions, and they may create and/or change their requirements for obtaining a student visa at any time and without prior notification. Therefore, the steps below are meant as a general guide but it is your responsibility to follow the most up-to-date and accurate instructions as reflected on the Ghanaian Consular Services official web sites.
It is an official stamp issued by the Ghanaian government that gets affixed to a page inside your passport before you depart the United States. You must present it to immigration control when you arrive in Ghana.
You must have a study visa because it is not legal to study as a full-time student in Ghana without it.
Because the visa is actually adhered to your passport, you will need a passport in order to get one. Make sure you have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your scheduled departure date from Ghana.
If you do not have a passport or need to renew your passport, visit travel.state.gov/ for information.
We suggest that you request expedited processing (two week turnaround time) to allow plenty of time to apply for your student visa (the New York Consulate takes up to two weeks and other consulates may take up to 2 months to process visa applications!)
If you do not have two weeks to spare, you can then go to the US Passport Agency to request a passport the same day. For a Passport Agency near you and for more information, please refer to their website. In addition to the Passport Agency requirements, please contact NYU Global Programs for a letter to accompany your application.
The vaccination is a requirement of the Ghanaian government. Start the vaccination process no fewer than 6-8 weeks prior to your departure. Make an appointment well in advance so that your physician can order the vaccine if it’s not in stock.
For NYU students appointments may be me made with the NYU Health Center.
There are two offices that issue study visas for Ghana in the US: the Permanent Mission of Ghana in New York City and the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, DC. All students are eligible to apply at either office in person or by mail. Whichever you use, be sure to check websites for updated requirements prior to submitting your application. As mentioned earlier, requirements may change suddenly and without notice.
If you live in the New York area, we strongly encourage you to submit your application with the Ghana Permanent Mission in New York. *Check hours of operation at the website above before going in person.
If you live in the DC area, we strongly encourage you to submit your application in person to the Embassy of Ghana in Washington. The embassy accepts applications that you can print out online at http://www.nyu.edu/studyabroad/pdf/Ghana.Visa.App.DC.pdf .*Check hours of operation at the website above before going on person
Visa's must be applied for within 90 days of arrival in Ghana. That does not mean you should wait to gather the required application materials!
The checklist to the right should be used as a guide of materials needed for a complete application. Keep in mind this is just a suggested guideline and you must confirm with the embassy's website for the most update requirements.
You’re required to register with the immigration service upon arrival, an important and mandatory step. The staff in Ghana will guide you through the procedure and discuss additional immigration requirements when you arrive.Students are only permitted to stay in Ghana legally for 60 days with your visa. You will need to submit your passport to our staff in Ghana so that they may process your visa extensions, which is an extension of your status as temporary residents of Ghana. Our office is Ghana will handle the process of extending these visas and will pay the fees associated with the extensions. If you do not complete the process you will have to do it on your own and pay for the additional expense.
Note: since you're having passport photos taken, you might want to take 3 more for your University of Ghana Legon application. Take all of them now to save time and money later!
You must show proof of purchased round-trip flight by submitting photocopy of ticket or e-ticket