The Ghana Mission says it expects the US government to soon lift the visa restrictions placed on Ghanaian travellers to the USA.

Daily News reports that the Ghana Mission – which serves as the Ghana delegation to the United Nations – is expecting the sanction to be lifted, following a robust mechanism to deal with illegal migration.

The USA imposed visa restrictions on Ghana in February, after the West African nation refused to accept the deportation of 7 000 of its citizens.

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, previously said that the country is engaging with the US government over the matter, as initial checks indicate that the majority of those claimed to be Ghanaians are not Ghanaians.

The restrictions imposed by the USA included suspension of issuance of all new visas for domestic employees of Ghanaian Diplomats hosted in the US.

The Embassy also limited the normal five-year validity period and several entries on Tourist and Business visas for all Ghanaian Executive and Legislative branch employees, their spouses and children under age 21, to single-entry visas valid for only one month.