Ghana supposedly has a program called “Right to Abode” that grants people of African descent permanent residency. According to the Ghanaian Immigration Act of 2000, “The concept of right of abode under Immigration Law is that person having the right of abode ‘shall be free to live and to come and go into and from the country without let or hindrance.” To qualify, you must
- be at least 18-years-old
- of good character
- financially independent
- not have been convicted of a criminal offense and sentenced to imprisonment of 12 months or more
Sounds good, right? I’ve been trying to decide on a nice warm place for retirement, and Ghana seemed promising. To find out more, I contacted the Ghanian Embassy in Washington, DC by email (there is no way to call the office). So far it’s been over two weeks and I have not received a response; although they claim they will respond within 72 hours. A totally bogus claim.
From what I understand, Rita Marley (Bob Marley’s widow) is the only person that has been granted the Right to Abode. Imagine that. Maybe they’ll respond to her email; ya think?