There are a number of factors that need to be considered when determining if a faculty member or research needs to obtain a visa in advance of traveling to Ghana. These factors include: country of citizenship, duration of the trip, and the purpose or activity required during the trip. If in doubt, please contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) as early as possible.

Prepare for Your Stay in Ghana

Before beginning STEP 1, be sure to have a valid passport.

  • A valid passport should have at least six months beyond expected return date and at minimum, two blank visa pages.


Complete the Immigration Assistance Request Form

Typical Timeframe: 0-1 Days


Book an Appointment with OGS

Typical Timeframe: 1-10 Days

  • OGS identifies proper immigration path for the intended trip and contacts faculty member.
    • Faculty member books an appointment with OGS.


Gather Documents and Share with OGS

Typical Timeframe: 1-30 Days

  • Faculty member gathers their immigration and travel documents and shares with OGS via NYU Box.


File Work Permit Application

Typical Timeframe: 30-60 Days

  • If work permit is required, OGS will work with the faculty member, their department or school, NYU Accra, and outside counsel (if needed) to file work permit application.


Complete Online Visa Application and Book Consulate Appointment

Typical Timeframe: 0-1 Day

  • Faculty member completes online visa application and books appointment with consulate.
  • Prior to visiting the consulate to apply for the visa/entry permit, the faculty member returns to OGS to have visa/Entry Permit application materials reviewed.


Attend Consulate Appointment

Typical Timeframe: 1 Day

  • Faculty member attends consulate appointment to submit visa application.


Pick up Visa and Passport

Typical Timeframe: 1 Day

  • Faculty member returns to consulate to pick up visa and passport.


Travel to Destination

Typical Timeframe: N/A

  • Faculty member travels to destination and enters showing their passport and visa/entry permit. If required, after arrival faculty member will be given their work permit.


Apply for Residence Permit

Typical Timeframe: 30-60 Days

  • Faculty member makes application for a residence permit as soon as possible after they receive their work permit. Applications for residence permits are made at the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).


Complete the Registration Process

Typical Timeframe: 1-5 Days

  • Faculty member registers with the National Identity Authority. During the registration process, the faculty member completes a registration form, provides biometric information and fingerprinting, and has their photograph taken.
  • Once the registration is completed, the faculty member immediately receives a non-citizen registration card valid for 12 months. The registration is renewable.


Complete Applicable Suggested Travel Practices

Typical Timeframe: Prior to travel

Additional Resources

  • Ghana Consulate New York Website
  • Tax information - This information is made available as a resource for individuals traveling abroad that are not being supported under the NYU Global Assignment Tax Protection Policy. Anyone seeking personal tax advice should seek consultation outside NYU.
    • For individuals supported by the NYU Global Assignment Tax Protection Policy OGS will provide a brief in-person overview orientation of this Global Assignment Benefit.