What is the reminder? Companies must submit Annual Returns for foreign workers by Jan. 14 to avoid penalties.

  • Implementation time frame: Between now and Jan. 14.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: All companies in Ghana employing foreign workers.
  • What’s next: Companies must submit a prescribed form providing details for each foreign employee to the Comptroller General of Immigration.

Background: Companies in Ghana must submit an Annual Return to the Director of Immigration no later than Jan. 14, providing the names and addresses of all foreign workers who are employed as of Jan. 1. Companies that fail to file the annual returns face fines of 1,000 Ghana cedis (about US$225), and individuals face fines of 200 Ghana cedis. If fines are not paid within seven days, companies and individuals may be subject to criminal prosecution and additional monetary penalties.

Analysis & Comments: Employers are reminded not to delay filing their Annual Returns and to file them no later than Jan. 14.

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