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Useful facts, information and hints and tips about life in Ghana.

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Read about all the different permit options for immigration to Ghana.

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Travel Visas

Learn here about obtaining your travel visa for Ghana, special passes and the entry requirements.

Investor permit for Ghana (business permit)

Obtaining an Investor permit for Ghana (business permit) is a complex process whereby most people will seek professional services to assist them.

Intergate Immigration is based in South Africa but has representatives throughout Africa, who in conjunction with us offer our African permit and visa services.Example of an Investor permit for Ghana (business permit)

Our combined years of experience provide the investor with a pool of expertise and know how in obtaining their investor permit for Ghana (business permit) and allows them to focus on their business rather than immigration process.

Background to investor permits for Ghana

An entrepreneur, irrespective of nationality, can set up a business enterprise in Ghana in accordance with the provisions of any of the following legal instruments:

The establishment of a business in line with the regulations will allow for the issuing of a certain number of immigrant quota work permits; at least one for you and your family with the minimum investment but more are able to be applied for.

Options for investors in Ghana seeking an Investor Permit (business permit)

Non Ghanaian Investors can opt to either:

  1. Set up a joint venture by means of a partnership or a limited company with a local Ghanaian entrepreneur or business.
  2. Commence their own operations 100% self owned subject to section 19 (2b) of the GIPC Act, 1994 (Act 478).

Minimum Foreign Capital Requirement

Where an investor permit for Ghana (business permit) is being applied for under the business relationship of a joint venture a minimum equity capital of US$10,000 is required from any foreign investor. This is applicable to any area of economic activity, except trading. In trading, the minimum equity capital requirement is US$300,000.

The investor must substantiate this either in the form of cash or in the form of goods, plant and machinery, vehicles or other tangible assets imported specifically and exclusively to establish the enterprise.

Where an investor permit for Ghana (business permit) is being applied for and the investor is owning 100% of the business entity they must have a minimum paid up capital of US$50,000. This applies to all areas of trading except import trading, where the minimum equity capital requirement is US$300,000.

In the cases of export trading and liaison (external) offices, there is no minimum foreign equity requirement.

Setting up the business entity

Investors must register their business with the Register General. They will confirm the availability of the selected name and incorporate your business and you will receive a Certificate of Incorporation and a Certificate to Commence Business to verify your registration.

What is an external company?

An external company is a corporate formed outside of Ghana but which has an established place of business in Ghana. This may be a branch, management, share, transfer, registration office, factory, mine or other fixed place of business, but does not include an agency unless the agent is authorized to negotiate and conclude contracts on behalf of the outside company.

What is GIPC?

Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) is one of the first points of call for most entrepreneurs seeking an investor permit for Ghana (business permit). GIPC is responsible for registering all foreign investment into Ghana,

An investor who invests under the GIPC law is automatically entitled to a specific number of visas/work permits based on the size of the investment. When an investment of USD $10,000 or its equivalent is made in convertible currency or machinery and equipment, the enterprise can obtain a visa/work permit for one expatriate employee. An investment ranging from USD $10,000 to USD $100,000 entitles the enterprise to two (2) automatic visas/work permits. An investment of USD $500,000 and above qualifies an enterprise to bring in four (4) expatriate employees.

An enterprise may apply for extra visas/work permits, but the investor must justify why a foreigner must be employed rather than a Ghanaian. There are no restrictions on the issuance of work and residence permits to Free Zone investors and employees.

What business sectors can you invest in?

Generally speaking all business sectors can be invested in by non nationals. For a more detailed description of setting up a business in Ghana see here.

Getting started with your investor permit for Ghana (business permit)

Yes it is complex, time consuming and somewhat of a maze. That’s why Intergate Immigration are here to help.

For your investor permit for Ghana (business permit) and setting up a business simply email us using the links above or telephone + 27 (0) 21 424 2460 and speak to one of our consultants.

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