Foreign Nationals Cry Over High Cost Of Living In Ghana

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Foreign nationals residing in Ghana have expressed concern over directives from the Ghana Immigration Service, GIS, to commence an enhanced mandatory medical examination for all foreign nationals seeking to work and reside in the country.

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It will be recalled that the GIS in a press statement issued on June 1 2020, signed by the Head of Public Affairs Department Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta, said the mandatory medical examination is an add-on to the already existing medical examination undertaken by the Service as one of the requirements for acquiring Work and Residence permits by a foreign national.

Speaking in an interview with Ghanaianvoiceonline in Accra, a foreign national residing in Ghana on condition of anonymity stated that the directives by the GIS is in the right direction but they must be exemption for those already residing and working in the Country.

“At least if they say for fresh applicants we will understand, but why those of us already part of the system and with many years of peaceful stay in Ghana”. He added.

He noted that foreign nationals in Ghana are already paying so much to stay in the country adding that the mandatory medical examination especially those already in the country will be a burden on them.

The resident foreign national mentioned that they are paying 500 dollars as resident permit, 900 Ghana Cedis for medical fee as well as 120 dollars for Non-Citizen Identification Card which is renewable yearly for 60 dollars and many other fees.

He added that since their children are not Ghanaians, they also pay their fees in dollars and are charged differently at health facilities in the Country.

He add that they also pay 120 Ghana Cedis for Yellow Card which is normally 30 Ghana Cedis.

“We pay in dollars to do Police Character Certificate which is part of requirements to obtain resident permit here.”

“We are already in the country and I don’t understand the rationale behind this decision, but who am I to question my host than to plead with them for mercy”. He added.

He therefore appealed to the government of Ghana to consider the plight of foreign nationals in Ghana especially Africans adding that; “we are all West Africans in the sub region.”

The foreign national noted that non Ghanaians in the country are also contributing their quota to the development of the country.

By: Paul Mamattah

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