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Pregnant woman urges Immigration to grant her husband's visa

Terry Ntow and Jaclyn Sawada Terry Ntow and Jaclyn Sawada
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Pregnancy can feel like it lasts forever but waiting on word from immigration can take even longer.

Pregnant women always have to be patient but time is running out in Jaclyn Sawada's case as she waits to hear from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services on the status of her husband.

Jaclyn Sawada and her husband Terry Ntow met in Ghana, Africa two years ago when she went over as a volunteer teacher. Terry is also a teacher. They became friends who then fell in love.

"We have so much in common too. It's surprising to think we're from different cultures and different parts of the world," said Sawada.

They got married in Ghana and planned to stay until his spousal visa came through. However she got pregnant then she caught malaria, Typhoid fever, and a parasite.

"Just one thing after another. I could not stay healthy. So we were really concerned about my health and baby's health," said Sawada.

The 28 year old moved back to Kailua to get proper medical attention. Ntow, 26, would have to wait in Africa for the green card application to process.

"We applied for his visa and we thought that we might be able to get him here by the time baby was born but it's just been really frustrating because we've been waiting a little over six months and haven't heard any news about that," said Sawada.

She says she can't track the status online and when she calls it's a two to three hour wait without answers.

"I think the hardest part is not knowing because it's hard to plan life and move forward when it could be soon or it could be a long time from now," said Sawada.

"I keep thinking it can't go that much longer can it?" said Sawada.

Yes it can. According to Immigration the first application takes about six months to process. Then they will need to verify it's not fraud. The State department conducts interviews and investigates which could take another six months.

"In my mind, once you're pregnant isn't that kind of proof that this is real?" said Sawada.

Just because there is a baby bump doesn't mean they get bumped up in line. Only cases involving tragedy or humanitarian benefits move up faster.

Ntow won't be able to visit just for the birth either because he does not own a house or business so he has more reason to stay in the United States than go back to Ghana. Therefore a tourist Visa is next to impossible.

"I don't know I just really felt he would be here in time," said Sawada.

Now their son is due in less than three weeks and disappointment grows that her husband won't be here for the birth.

"I don't think I really let myself think about it too much," said Sawada, who began to get emotional. "It will be hard and I'm not ready to accept that."

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services office issues about 1.1 million green cards a year. It says the process used to be longer taking several years to process.

So while Terry may miss the birth the hope is he'll be here before he misses too much more.

Sawada does have her family so she won't be alone. She should also hear about passing the first phase any day. Then it's onto the verification process.

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