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U.S Ends Non-Immigrant Visa Restrictions Put On Ghana For Refusing to Accept Deported Nationals

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The United States of America has officially lifted visa restrictions imposed on Ghana following a row between the two countries last year.

In a statement, the U.S Embassy in Ghana reveals the lifting of sanctions due to an agreement between the two nations.

In February 2019, the U.S Department of Homeland Security in coordination with the State Department ordered the U.S Embassy in Ghana to apply visa restrictions on Ghanaian nationals.

The restrictions were put in place due to the Government of Ghana’s failure to fully cooperate in accepting deported nationals.

But that has now been lifted, sending the visa process back to the levels they were before the sanctions.

Read U.S embassy statement on it below…

Statement on the End of U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Restrictions in Ghana

The United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section 243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act.  As of Friday, January 17, 2020, visa processing will return to the normal procedures.

The validity period and number of entries on new tourist and business visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative branch employees, their spouses, and their children under 21 will revert to receiving the normal validity, based on reciprocity, which is currently five years with multiple entries.  All pending non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees (A3 and G5) of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States that were received during the visa restrictions will now be processed.

This follows the establishment of a mutually agreed process for the identification, validating and issuance of travel documentation to Ghanaian citizens under final orders of removal in a manner consistent with international standards issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization, of which Ghana is a Member State.

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3 Die in Fatal Accident On Accra To Kumasi Highways

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Three persons have died in a fatal accident on Osino to Anyinam stretch of the Accra to Kumasi highways.

The accident occurred at 8:00 pm when a speeding taxi cab with registration number GE 6014-11 collided head-on with a private Toyota Corolla saloon killing three persons instantly.

“A taxi cap with the registration number GE 6014-11 had a collision with a private Toyota saloon cap. The cause of the accident is yet to be traced. Out of six passengers on board, 3 three survived and the other three died instantly” a witness told bryt FM.

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EC publishes 2020 Special Voters list

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the publication of the special voters’ list for the December 7 polls.

The special voting list is to pave way for individuals who will perform special duties on December 7 vote ahead of the big day.

It covers security, media personnel, and election officials who will be unable to vote at the polling stations where they registered.

The EC, in a statement, noted that the list is available on its website for the individuals who fall within the set categories to check their names.

It added soft copies of the special voters’ register have been provided to the representatives of organisations participating in the exercise to enable their members to verify their details and locations ahead of time.

Meanwhile, the special voting exercise has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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Fuel prices likely to increase next year

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Executive Director for the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, has said prices of petroleum products are likely to increase next year.

According to Mr Amoah, the likely price increments is due to the change in US government.

He posits that the new US government, headed by Joe Biden, is more inclined to environmental protection and as such might put a cap on the volumes of oil produced by the US.

“The Democrat party which is now coming into government is more concerned about environmental issues and are more likely to put a cap on oil production because they believe it destroys the environment,” he stated.

“So if a cap is placed on the volume of oil production from the US, supply side is going to take a hit and oil prices for 2021 might go beyond the $50 mark and what that means for us as a country who imports finished oil products, will be to pay more for it,” he added.

The Executive Director of COPEC made the projection on the sidelines of a workshop to educate the media on energy and petroleum issues.

Norvanreports.com

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