- US embassy revokes visas of 71 Ghanaian students on suspicion of fraud
- The students, some of whom were turned away at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and London’s Heathrow Airport, paid a total of $17,750
Seventy-one Ghanaian students who were hoping to participate in a model United Nations Conference in New York have seen their visas revoked by the United States Embassy in Ghana.
This was after the Embassy suspected the organisers of the conference, United Ambassadors, of not being genuine.
The Graphic Online reports that the students paid a total of $17,750 ($250 each) as delegates fee to United Ambassadors, the supposed facilitators of the conference, and GH¢53,818 (GH¢758 each) as visa fees to the US Embassy.
However, they soon realised that they had been duped after some were turned away at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and London’s Heathrow Airport,
One of the students who was scheduled to travel by direct flight from Accra to New York on Delta Airlines bought a ticket at $2,300, while, together with seven others, he spent $2,100 on Airbnb Apartment in New York.
Other students were also turned away by Delta Airlines at the check-in counter at the KIA, despite being scheduled to fly out of the country on August 5, 2018.
One other student who travelled on British Airways on transit through Heathrow Airport in London was also prevented from connecting to New York for the same reason.
Affected students later received an email from the Consular Section of the US Embassy, saying their immigrant visas are “no longer valid”.
“Dear Applicant: You recently appeared at the US Embassy in Accra for a non-immigrant visa because you were attending the Model UN Conference in New York. This message is to alert you that the non-immigrant visa you received is no longer valid. You must not attempt to travel to the US with this visa. You will be denied boarding at the airport or you will be turned away at the US port of entry, excerpts of the email read.
It added: “If you still wish to travel to the US, you are REQUIRED to appear for a second interview at the US Embassy in Accra. At this second interview, you must bring all of your ORIGINAL Model UN Conference documentation that reflects this programme and your participation in it, such as brochures, letters, pamphlets, programs, guidebooks, welcome packets, or any other materials you have. Again, you MUST NOT travel to the US with the visa that you received. Your visa is no longer valid for travel.”
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