CITIZENSHIP ACT - 2000 (ACT 591)

    Section - 14 - Qualification for Naturalisation

    (1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, a person qualifies for naturalisation if-

    (a) he has resided in Ghana throughout the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of the application;

    (b) during the seven years immediately preceding the period of twelve months, he has resided in Ghana for periods amounting in the aggregate to not less than five years;

    (c) he is of good character as attested to in writing by two Ghanaians being notaries public, lawyers, or senior public officers;

    (d) he has not been sentenced to any period of imprisonment in Ghana or anywhere for an offence recognised by law in Ghana;

    (e) he is able to speak and understand an indigenous Ghanaian language;

    (f) he is a person who has made or who is capable of making a substantial contribution to the progress or advancement in any area of national activity;

    (g) he is a person who has been assimilated into the Ghanaian way of life or who can easily be so assimilated;

    (h) he intends to reside permanently in Ghana in the event of a certificate being granted to him; and

    (i) he possessed a valid residence permit on the date of his application.

    (2) The Minister, may in such special circumstances as he thinks fit and with the approval of the President-

    (a) allow a continuous period of twelve months ending not more than six months before the date of the application to be reckoned for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) of this section as though it had immediately preceded the date of the application;

    (b) allow residence in an approved country to be reckoned for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) of this section as if it has been residence in Ghana; and

    (c) allow periods of residence earlier than seven years before the date of the application to be reckoned in computing the aggregate period mentioned in subsection (1)(b) of this section.

    (3) The Minister, in other special circumstances as he thinks fit and with the approval of the President, may modify, vary or waive any one of the qualifications for naturalisation set out in this section except the qualification specified in subsection 1 (e) of this section.