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Visa Process

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.

What is a student visa?

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.

What do you need to do?

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 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 .*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. 

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Visa Documentation Checklist

  • Must be signed and valid through 6 months beyond the end date of the program
  • You'll need to leave your actual passport with the Embassy of Mission for processing. If you're going to travel out of the US (including trips to Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean), make sure to time your application accordingly.

  • Application can be found in the links above. We will send admitted students more specific information about how to fill out the form.
  • We recommend that you apply for a Multi-Entry Visa. Even if you think you will not be traveling outside of Ghana, if you change your mind after arrival it is much more difficult to arrange once there.

  • Photos should be recent, no more than 3 months before you apply.
  • Write your name on the back of each photo and attach one to each of four applications.
  • No photocopies, personal photos, or scanned photos from home printers will be accepted.

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

  • Submit the acceptance letter provided by NYU Global Programs signed by the Director, Chris Nicolussi.  This is not the email notification.

  • Submit the acceptance letter provided by NYU Global Programs and signed by Dr. Akosua Anyidoho, Director, NYU Accra.

  • This is required by international health regulation, Ghanaian Law and NYU.
  • You should submit a photocopy since you will need to present the original certificate to customs when you enter Ghana. (Bring the original with you, though—they may ask to see it!)

  • An original bank statement or letter from your bank (or your parents’ or other sponsors’).
  • The Consulate doesn’t state a specific dollar amount. Don’t worry about the bank balance; just provide the best documentation you can.

  • $100 for a multiple entry visa; $200 for a visa with expedited service.
  • Cash or money orders are accepted if you apply in person, personal checks and credit cards are NOT.
  • If applying by mail send money order, cashier’s check, or certified bank check payable to the “Embassy of Ghana” (Washington DC) or the “Ghana Consulate” (New York).

  • This is only necessary if you’re applying for your visa by mail. If you pick up your visa in person, there's no need to include a FedEx envelope.
  • Write the embassy or Consulate’s address as the sender’s address. (This is crucial: FedEx may re-
    route and inspect mail that does not have a return address, delaying the delivery of your visa by
  • Keep FedEx tracking numbers for your records.

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