February 11, 2014

Rotators Permit Introduced for Oil and Gas Sector

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has recently introduced a new, fast-track “Rotators Permit” designed for short-term technical assignments in the oil and gas sector. Allowing technicians to perform repairs, maintenance, and other technical work on oil and gas rigs, the permit will be issued with validity for up to six months, multiple entries, and stays of up to 28 days.

While the traditional one-year work permit for the oil and gas sector will continue to be controlled by the Ghana Petroleum Commission, the GIS itself will oversee the adjudication and issuance of the Rotators Permit. At the time of this writing, document requirements for the Rotators Permit are nearly identical to those of the standard Ghanaian work permit; however, processing times are expected to be much shorter (approximately three business days).

Please note that the Rotators Permit will only cover work activities being performed on the rigs themselves.

Significant Increase in Government Fees and Fines

With the rollout of the new Rotators Permit, the GIS also increased several filing fees and fines for immigration non-compliance. The new fees are as follows:

  • Work Permit for non-ECOWAS nationals: GHS₵ 1,000
  • Residence Permit for non-ECOWAS nationals: GHS₵ 300
  • Re-Entry Permit: USD$ 150
  • Fine for Immigration Non-Compliance: GHC₵ 5,000