The Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) in its quest to make International Students enjoy their stay on campus has collaborated with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Sunyani to organize an orientation programme to equip International Students with the necessary information when acquiring Residence Permit and other related issues that are associated with emigration and immigration.
The programme which was organized under the auspices of the Dean of students’ Affairs took place on 16th June, 2021 at the school’s main campus at Fiapre, Sunyani. The programme assembled a considerable number of the International Students together with the local students.
The President, Prof. Daniel Obeng-Ofori, in his welcome address congratulated the Dean of students and executives of the International Students for collaborating to make the programme successful. He entreated the students to participate fully so as to benefit from the full package of the programme. He also welcomed the officials from the Ghana Immigration Service and assured them of Management’s support.
The presentation was done by Chief Superintendent Henry Duku Arkah, the outgoing Deputy Bono Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). According to him, International Students who need to acquire a Residence Permit are to contact the service and avoid dealing with middlemen or connection men. He also stated that it is prudent to acquire the permit as early as possible and avoid paying penalties. He further enlisted the requirements needed for the acquisition of the Residence Permit as well as the processes one needs to go through. He assured participants that the GIS is poised to rendering top notch service to International Students and that has necessitated the establishment of their office on campus which is accessible by all students on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am – 2.00pm at the Dean’s office. In concluding, he noted that it is the responsibility of the GIS to make sure that immigrants enjoy their stay on Ghanaian soil and that they will do their possible best for students in particular to receive all the necessary support as they pursue their academic programmes.
The Dean of Students, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Charles Bruno Kabir, OFMConv, informed the students that henceforth the cost of the Residence Permit would be added to the school fees bill which can be paid from their respective countries. He also encouraged the students to make good use of the Dean of students’ office and walk in with enquiries anytime they have issues. The President in his closing remarks highlighted how educative the seminar has been and assured students that Management would continue to liaise with the GIS to keep students updated with any information which relates to their stay on campus as International Students and their academic lives. He also thanked the officers from the GIS, Dean of Students’ Affairs and the Executives of the International Students for organizing the seminar.