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Ghana: Information on Citizenship or Permanent Residency by Marriage

Publisher United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Author Resource Information Center
Publication Date 20 July 1999
Citation / Document Symbol GHA99001.ZNK
Cite as United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ghana: Information on Citizenship or Permanent Residency by Marriage, 20 July 1999, GHA99001.ZNK, available at: [accessed 19 January 2018]
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Does marriage to a citizen of Ghana automatically confer permanent resident status or citizenship upon the spouse?


Article 7, Clause 1 of the Ghanaian constitution states that a man who is married to a citizen of Ghana can become a Ghanaian citizen himself, provided that he submits an application "in the manner prescribed by Parliament" (see attachment).  Clause 6 of Article 7 clarifies that Clause 1 is only applicable if the man seeking citizenship permanently resides in Ghana.  An official at the Embassy of Ghana was unable to provide additional information (Embassy of Ghana 20 July 1999).

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the RIC within time constraints.  This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


"Constitution of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (Promulgation) Law, 1992" – as reported on UNHCR REFWORLD CD-ROM.

Embassy of the Republic of Ghana.  Telephone Interview.  Washington, DC.  20 July 1999.

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