US embassy refuses Ghanaian journalists visas to cover Black Stars double header

US embassy refuses Ghanaian journalists visas to cover Black Stars double header

- American embassy bounce journalists visas

- Ghana is among the countries with the highest United States visa application denial rates, according to the U.S. State Department

Some Ghanaian journalists have been denied the chance to cover Ghana's double header against Mexico and USA, following the United States (US) embassy's refusal to grant them visas.

According to a report by Ghanasoccernet.com, over 40 applicants - both journalists and football administrators included - had their applications for visas denied by the embassy.

US embassy refuses Ghanaian journalists visas to cover Black Stars double header

Ghanaian journalists

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It will be recalled that US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, addressing Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee last Friday, revealed that the country has toughened its laws on visa issuance to foreigners.

This, he said, was to prevent illegal immigrants for travelling to the USA, adding that even former presidents, ministers and Members of Parliament (MP) will no longer receive special treatment when applying for visas to the US.

And it appears some Ghanaian journalists have become the first casualties of these stringent measures, after being refused visas to cover the Black Stars' friendlies in the USA.

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Reports suggest that early applicants were duly granted their visas, however, those who applied late were denied on suspicion of not returning to Ghana when they get to America.

The Black Stars team left the shores of Ghana last Friday and will play El Tri of Mexico on June 28, before taking on the USA three days later.

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