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October 29, 2018by David Danquah Esq.

WORK PERMIT AND EXPATRIATE QUOTA: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO IN GHANA.

Work Permit in Ghana is an authorization granted to an employer or employee to engage in lawful and gainful employment. The term work permit is used synonymously with short-term permit. Work Permit can be applied for and be given for a specific period of time normally not exceeding five (5) years at a time. They are not renewable, extendable or transferable. Applicants must apply for exact and specific duration desired with justification. Unlike Expatriate Quota where there is a minimum automatic guarantee after fulfillment of paid up capital, the law does not guarantee an applicant automatic work permit.

Expatriate quotas on the other hand, once granted are for indefinite period, that is for as long as the investors needs to keep such workers in Ghana to facilitate his business operations. Expatriate quotas is however tied to the investors paid-up capital.

Automatic Expatriate Quotas

The law guarantees a minimum automatic expatriate quota once the paid-up capital required in the appropriate circumstances is paid. For instance, an enterprise which has a paid up capital of not less than fifty thousand United States Dollars and not more than Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars is entitled to an automatic expatriate quota of one person.

Also an enterprise which has a paid up capital of not less than Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars and not more than Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars is entitled to an automatic quota of two persons.

Further, an enterprise which has a paid up capital of not less than Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars and not more than Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars is entitled to an automatic expatriate quota of three persons.

Finally, an enterprise which has a paid up capital of more than Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars is entitled to an automatic expatriate quota of four persons.

LEGAL NOTICE

The contents of this publication, current at the date of publication set out above, are for reference purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Specific legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be sought separately before taking any action based on this publication.

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