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    Posted by Anthony Pasu on 6/11/11

    I attended aos interview with my wife who is the
    petitioner and I am the beneficiary. During the interview,
    the IO asked me a proof of termination of my previous
    marriage. I showed the IO a customary divorce registration
    document from my country which is a document that is
    prescribed by the Ghanaian law for customary divorces.

    The IO refused to recognize that document saying that the
    the proper divorce decree is a decree from a Ghanaian judge
    under an old law enacted in 1971 but that law has been
    superseded by a 1985 law.

    In addition, I the showed another document which is a
    statutory declaration by the representatives who sat in the
    helm of the marriage and divorce. Again that declaration is
    recognized by 1985 Ghanaian law on customary marriage but
    the i.o. refused to recognize that as well.

    I then showed the i.o. a copy of precedent decision by the
    board of immigration appeals in 2008 which has found that
    statutory declaration by heads of households confirming
    divorce is acceptable document proving divorce of a
    customary marriage in Ghana. Frankly the i.o. did not know
    of the BIA precedent decision, and USCIS has not in any way
    integrated that decision into their field manuals for
    guidance on acceptable documentation proving Ghanaian
    customary marriage and divorce.

    After submitting a copy of the BIA decision to the IO and
    that point, the IO told me and my current wife that she
    will review the documents we have submitted and if she
    needs more documents from us, she will write to us. No
    decision has been made on the aos application since the

    What should we do? will we be denied? Our matter is 100%
    identical and the documents involved are identical to the
    matter and the documents which the BIA issued a precedent
    decision in 2008 on Ghanaian customary divorce.

    Posts on this thread, including this one
  • CUSTOMARY DIVORCE DECREE FROM GHANA, 6/11/11, by Anthony Pasu.
  • Re: CUSTOMARY DIVORCE DECREE FROM GHANA, 9/27/12, by Kweku Mensah.

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