It is no secret that gaining citizenship into the United States can be a long, tedious process that has many people waiting months if not years to be reunited with their loved ones. Isaac Owusu’s story started when he became an American citizen but unfortunately had to do so without the company of his four boys who were living back in his former home in Ghana. For fourteen years he received letters, report cards, and constant reminders from his sons of the distance that kept them apart. These reminders gave Owusu motivation to work hard and save his money to finally be able to have his boys by his side in America.
When Owusu had saved the money needed to get his children into the states, officials urged him to take a DNA test to prove the relationship of the boys to speed along the process. Owusu embraced the notion and went to the lab to have the test completed. The anticipation to be reunited with his family was taking over, and he couldn’t believe that all his hard work and times of yearning for his sons’ presence was about to come to an end.
The DNA test results were quickly processed, but to the shock and dismay of Owusu the results showed that only one of the four boys was in fact his biological child. This news turned Owusu’s world upside-down (as it would anyone in his situation), and left him questioning what he had thought he knew about his life and family.
Owusu, a widower, was not even able to attain explanations from his former wife which made the accepting process that much more difficult. The situation he was presented with left him struggling to accept reality and made it extremely challenging to decide what to do next.
Situations like these are more common than one would like to think, and federal officials are increasingly turning to genetic testing to assure relationships before anyone is let into the United States.
After many sleepless and hard nights, Owusu did what he could and had the one biological son sent to America while the remaining three were left in Ghana until he could figure out another plan. Owusu would not tell his other three sons the truth and blamed their delay on the bureaucracy.
Owusu found himself a lawyer and hoped that the government would grant the teenagers citizenship under the argument that he has been a devoted stepfather and was under the impression that he was the boys’ biological parent for the entirety of their lives. He would also need to prove that the boys were children of his deceased wife to aid his case in being approved. This will be another long and tedious process for Owusu but he remains positive, being quoted saying, “Anything it takes, I will do to get them over here.” Hopefully in the near future, Owusu and his boys will be a family reunited.
Owusu’s story is a heart breaking situation that is surprisingly more common than one would expect. It is estimated that 75,000 out of 390,000 DNA cases are immigration cases, and out of those anywhere from fifteen to twenty percent do not have a match to the person being tested.
Paternity tests are a viable way to speed up the citizenship requirement process, but can also have the potential to unveil unexpected truths that can be excruciatingly painful to discover. If you, or someone you know is looking to gain citizenship or just wants to know if they are biologically related to their parents, contact Boston Paternity and get the results you need.