Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Elliott (left) and Deputy Minister of Education Reverend John Ntim Faujour (right) interacting after the launch.Photo: Esther Ajorkol Adjay
U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer expressed the U.S. Embassy’s commitment to clearing the visa backlog from future Ghanaian students wishing to study in the United States.
She said the embassy is now working around the clock to ensure that students are scheduled for visa interviews on time and that successful students can travel in advance.
Palmer therefore urged prospective students wishing to pursue undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D.
Ms. Palmer welcomed prospective students to the opening of the 2022 Education USA College Fair in Accra.
“Consulates have many appointments open for nonimmigrant visas. I encourage people who need to go to the United States to go ahead and apply for visas,” she said.
The two-day fair brought together approximately 40 institutions of higher education across the country to provide students with accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about opportunities to study at accredited universities in the United States.
Participating universities include Howard University, Drexel University, Emory University School of Law, Millersville University, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and Middle Tennessee State University.
The rest are New York Tech, Northeastern University, Tux Technology College, PACE University, Webster University, Houston-Victoria University, University of Arizona, and University of Kentucky.
The U.S. ambassador said in light of concerns about backlogs of visa applications, the embassy launched another program called the “Interview Waiver Program,” which allows people whose visas have expired to apply for visas without returning to the embassy. You said you helped them update.
“Renewal is very easy, just send your visa application in the mail,” she assured the public.
She also said the embassy has put in place procedures through which prospective students can request expedited visa appointments.
About 4,200 students are currently studying at 630 different institutions in the United States in 2021 alone, and Palmer said Ghana is the second largest “sender” of students to the United States.
The Ambassador also indicated that Ghana is one of the top 25 countries in the world sending graduate students to the United States.
As a result, she said, she had already encouraged Ghanaian students to go and study in the United States.
Deputy Minister of Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, is pleased that education has sustained the ties between Ghana and the United States over the years.
He said the partnership with the US Embassy is mutual, allowing Ghana to enjoy educational and learning materials from the US Embassy.