The United States of America Embassy in Ghana has pledged to prioritize visa applications for Ghanaian students seeking to study in the US.
This was announced by Cultural Affairs Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, Laneice Brooker, during the launch of the 2023 Education USA College Fair hosted by the U.S. Embassy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
Brooker revealed that the Embassy was able to hold 10,000 Visa interviews in 2023 alone for Ghanaian students, describing the figure as “record-breaking.”
She also encouraged Ghanaian students seeking to study in the US to always focus on completing their visa processes as soon as they gain admission.
The US Embassy’s initiative is a welcome development, as it will help to make the visa application and acquisition process easier for Ghanaian students.
This is especially important given that Ghana is the second country in sub-Saharan Africa with the highest number of students studying in the US, next to Nigeria.
According to an Open Doors Report in 2022, a total of 4,916 Ghanaians studied at Colleges and Universities in the US across all 50 states during the 2021/22 academic year. This figure represents a 16% increase over the previous year.
The US Embassy’s commitment to prioritizing visa applications for Ghanaian students is a testament to the strong educational ties between the two countries.
It is also a positive step towards ensuring that more Ghanaian students have the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams in the US.