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Using a PEO Service With Immigration Support For Expat Hiring In Ghana

If you have plans to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Ghana, you have a lot of key considerations to make. Some of the most important include:

  • Navigating Ghanaian unique immigration procedures
  • Procuring all the documents required for a work permit
  • Managing employment and payroll after your workers get their visas

Most of the time, expats are sent abroad to work on short-term projects, which means trying to set up your own subsidiary isn’t practical in terms of time as well as money. A simpler, more cost-effective solution is equal.

If you need to pay expats overseas, in Ghana, in particular, that ideal solution is a global PEO that offers work permit support as a part of their service. Rather than going through the long process of incorporation, a PEO service will guide you through all the steps for Ghanaian immigration procedures. When you get your permit/visa, the provider then helps onboard and payroll your expat team for you.

Acumen International has been providing this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Ghana for short- and long-term projects alike. If you want a quick and compliant way to manage this issue, we can help. No matter what business objectives or timelines you have to work with, Acumen International provides end-to-end work permit support. We also stay within full legal compliance with local labor legislation in Ghana and 190+ other countries.

So, with this in mind, who are the ideal candidates for Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution?

  • Employer companies that want to relocate, hire, and pay expats in Ghana.
  • Experienced, individual professionals that have an employer already prepared to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country.
  • Companies that plan to send their highly skilled personnel to work for them in Ghana

Important thing that you may not be aware of. Having a single provider to sponsor your work permit and employ your expats in Ghana post immigration cuts down on the risks of visa getting rejected.

One thing that sets us apart from other global PEO Service providers is that Acumen also provides additional benefits along with a PEO employment and work permit for expats to be employed on-the-ground. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Housing
  • Office rent
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings
  • Dependant relocation

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Ghana takes from 1 to 5 months until entry to Ghana, and a further 2 weeks to 1 month before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Ghana

  1. Work Permit Within Quota Application
  2. Entry Visa Application
  3. Entry to Ghana
  4. Foreigners’ Identification Management System Registration
  5. Residence Permit Application

Documents for work permit in Ghana, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Copy of passport valid for 6 months minimum Copy of biodata and signature pages only. One clear copy
Police Clearance (12 months) Recently issued police clearance (issued within the last 12 months) from the country of residence or of nationality, with certified translation into English if necessary. One certified and translated copy; one original
Medical Report (24 Months) A medical certificate confirming the applicant is fit to work and free of any contagious diseases, issued within the 24 months preceding the application, accompanied by a certified translation into English if necessary. One certified and translated copy; one clear copy
Resume/CV Showing relevant professional experience and education for the position in Ghana. One clear copy
Certified copies of highest educational certificates One clear and certified copy
4 Passport Photographs 3.5cmx4.5cm 3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. Four originals
Passport valid for six months minimum With at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pages One original
Return or onward flight booking, itinerary or airline ticket One clear copy
Proof of Residence in Country of Application Copy of driving license stating address, or a recent utility bill. One clear copy
FIMS Fee 120.00 USD or its Cedi equivalent. One original
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm 3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. Two originals
Residence Permit Application Form Completed and signed. One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Ghana without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Ghana.

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