It has emerged that four out of every ten Ghanaians who apply for
a United Kingdom Visa from Accra are refused.
Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Papa
Owusu Anokmah, who revealed this to JoyNews says it is the
case now because a number of Ghanaians who apply to visit
the United Kingdom end up staying permanently in that
Papa Owusu Ankomah says the Ghana High Commission in
London attempted to intervene to get this 40 percent visa
refusal rate reversed but it didn’t work because most
applicants falsify their documents.
“The refusal rate in Ghana is quite significant. We are told
that their average refusal rate is 14% worldwide [but] that
of Ghana is 40%. So out of every 10 Ghanaians who apply for
a visa in Accra, on the average four will be refused. “The reasons they gave range from forgery of documents,
lack of adequate information, access to accommodation
available when they come, sometimes lack of evidence of
sufficient funds to look after one’s self …,” the Ghanaian
High Commissioner told Seth Kwame Boateng.
Other factors include the depositing of large sums of money
shortly before visa which raises eyebrows; and inconsistencies
in information such as the amount an applicant earns, spends
and saves, not tallying.
“Sometimes they feel that somebody who is coming may not
return home,” Papa Owusu Ankomah added.