'Year of Return' causes visa shortage at Ghana consulate in the United States

'Year of Return' causes visa shortage at Ghana consulate in the United States

- The Ghana consulate in the United States has experienced exhaustion of visas following an influx of orders

- This is due to the commemoration of the Year of Return which was instituted by the government of Ghana for diasporans to visit their roots

- 2019 is exactly 400 years after the first slave ship left Africa

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Shortage of visas has hit the Ghana consulate in the United States following an upsurge in the number of prospective visitors to Ghana.

The Ghana consulate in the United State has announced that those seeking Ghanaian visas would no longer get it straightforward.

A statement from the consulate said, “we have exhausted our supply of visas, we are unable to fulfil any applications at this time. We are expecting a supply of fresh visas from the embassy shortly”

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Accordingly, The Honorary Consulate General of Ghana in Houston, U.S.A, published the non-issuance of visas on its website.

The number of people seeking to obtain visas to come to Ghana increased exponentially due to the 'Year of Return' commemoration.

2019 was labelled by the Ghana government as the Year of Return, as it marks exactly 400 years after the first slave ship left Africa.

The numerous descendants of the slaves who now live in various parts of the world especially in America and the Carribean are expected to revisit their roots.

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Year of Return has seen a lot of patronage but from all indications, it is yet to reach its peak judging from the recent developments.

It is not yet known how the patronage is in other countries, but it can be thought that they are all increasing in similar regard.

It appears that Ghana is winning the interests of many diasporans and foreigners lately. YEN.com.gh just recently reported that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo conferred Ghanaian citizenship on over 125 diasporans in Ghana.

A news report indicates that Ghana is the only country in the 21st century that has legally offered to resettle people of African descent in Africa.

The dozens of diasporans who gained citizenship had been living in Ghana for some years.

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