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GHANA – Petroleum Commission Introduces New Fees and Application Information Form for Work Permit Cases

, 22/04/2016

Effective 4 April 2016 the Petroleum Commission (PC) of Ghana has introduced an administrative fee of US$100 for work permit applications.

Also effective 4 April 2016, all work permit applications should include a completed “information gathering sheet”.

New Fee

  • The fee is applicable to both regular and “rotator” work permits, and to initial, renewal and appeal applications.
  • The new fees must be paid in banker’s draft drawn on Ghanaian Banks approved by the PC and in Ghana Cedi equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate determined by the bankers of the Commission.
  • The new fee is part of a new payment process whereby the employer (or their representative) first submits the work permit application documents, together with the banker’s draft, to the Localisation Unit of the PC, which will then check whether the application documents and the fee are correct.
  • Then the employer (or their representative) will proceed to the PC Finance Department to pay the fee using the banker’s draft and a cover letter detailing all applications to be made. The employer (or their representative) will be given two copies of the receipt, one of which plus an endorsed copy of the cover letter should be returned to the Localisation Unit. The other copy of the receipt is for the employer.

New Form

The information gathering sheet must be completed, printed and attached to every application. Copies of the sheet are available to download or can be sent to the applicant by email upon request. An electronic application is being developed to facilitate the process.

Action Items

  • Ensure that the new fee is paid according to the new fee payment procedure, and that an “information gathering sheet” is correctly completed and submitted in support of each work permit application at the Petroleum Commission.