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Ranks In Ghana Immigration Service


Here are the information you need to know about the ranks in Ghana Immigration Service.

The Ghana Immigration Service is one of the government agencies of Ghana under the Ministry of the Interior. Ghana Immigration is responsible for regulating the examination and authorization of the visa application, entry and residence permits in Ghana.

The service also ensures the control of foreign nationals in Ghana, facilitation of Ghanaian passport application processing, border control and management, Refugee registration, protection and management.

The service is also charged to provide advice on and ensure the effective implementation of all laws and regulations on immigration and related issues.


Ranks In Ghana Immigration Service

Below are the ranks in the Ghana Immigration Service if you want to know where you will start when entering the service;

1. Comptroller – General of Immigration
2. Deputy Comptroller – General of Immigration
3. Commissioner of Immigration
4. Deputy Commissioner of Immigration
5. Assistant Commissioner of Immigration
6. Chief Superintendent of Immigration
7. Superintendent of Immigration
8. Deputy Superintendent of Immigration
9. Assistant Superintendent of Immigration
10. Inspector
11. Assistant Inspector
12. Immigration Control Officer
13. Assistant Immigration Control Officer I
14. Assistant Immigration Control Officer II

What are the duties of the Ghana Immigration Service?

The Ghana Immigration Service is charged with handling all the needs related to the country’s dealings with non-citizens. The functions of the service are:

  • To create conducive environments through the establishment of regulatory frameworks that facilitate the entry, residence and employment of foreigners in Ghana
  • To promote socio-cultural and economic development by drawing a tangent between promoting tourism, foreign direct investments, international business, and technological transfer without compromising national security.

What is the salary of immigration officers in Ghana?

The ranks in Ghana Immigration Service also affects the salary rates. The average salary of the Ghana Immigration Service is GH¢ 1,900.00 – GH¢ 3,336 per month after all tax deductions.

Ghana Immigration Officers are paid based on ranks, so the average salary indicated here may differ based on the rank of the officer.

Ghana Immigration Service and Visa Application

The issuance of a Ghanaian passport is done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and not by the Ghana Immigration Service. The Ghana Immigration Service only plays a role in the passport application process.

Acquiring a Ghanaian passport is a six-step process;

  • Purchase a passport application form from an approved point of sale (some local banks)
  • Complete the form correctly and submit it together with relevant documents to a Passport Application Center [PAC]
  • Take digital photographs and biometric data-finger-prints
  • Receive a submission receipt with the passport collection date
  • When the passport is issued, it is sent to PAC, where applicants can collect their passports by presenting their submission receipt and undergoing a final biometric check.

This comes at a fee of GH¢100.00 (US$70.00) for the express service or GH¢50.00 (US$35.00) for regular service.

However, it is challenging to acquire a passport in the period assigned to the application form due to a shortage of passport booklets and a breakdown of passport printers.

Shortage of passport application forms is also a hindrance to the easy acquisition of the Ghanaian passport.


Below are some frequently asked questions about the Ghana Immigration Service;

How long does it take to become an immigration officer in Ghana?

Ghana Immigration Service Training takes a maximum period of 18 months for regular career course (RCC) officer cadets and 6 months for the short service and special duties commission (SSC/SD) officer cadets.

Does Ghana Immigration Service use guns?

The Ghana Immigration Service recently passed some legislation which now allows the Ghana Immigration Service to possess firearms and particularly the Border Patrol Unit of the service is now allowed to carry firearms at the various border crossings.

What is the height for immigration?

Must be physically and medically fit. Must be of good character. Must not be bonded. Must have a minimum height of 173 cm (5ft 8inch) for Males and 163 cm (5ft 4inch) for Females.

Does Ghana Immigration accept D7?

D7 is a pass and cannot be ignored when it comes to recruitment into the Ghana Immigration Service.

How many immigration borders does Ghana have?

Ghana, which lies in the centre of the Gulf of Guinea coast, has 2,420 km of land borders with three countries: Burkina Faso (602 km) to the north, Ivory Coast (720 km) to the west, and Togo (1,098 km) to the east. To the south are the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.


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