The U.S. Department of State’s Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Mr. Carl Risch, has been in Ghana for a two-day official visit, from June 13-14, 2019.
During his visit, which concludes a two-country trip that began on last Monday, the Assistant Secretary met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to discuss matters of mutual interest.
He also met members of the diplomatic community and U.S. Mission consular and immigration staff.
Prior to Ghana, Mr. Risch traveled to Kenya to meet with U.S. Embassy staff and observe consular operations in Nairobi.
In both countries, he underscored the deep and sustained commitment to the protection of U.S. citizens overseas and the facilitation of legitimate travel and immigration to the United States.
Mr. Carl C. Risch was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs on August 2017, and most recently served as the Acting Chief of Staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
He was previously the USCIS Field Office Director at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.
He also worked as an immigration officer for USCIS at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. He started his career with USCIS as an immigration officer in the Administrative Appeals Office.
Mr. Risch is a former Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, where he served as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam. He had a highly regarded legal career in Pennsylvania in addition to his government service.