RIDGELEY, W.Va. — One step closer to returning to his family, Serge Babo’s waiver of application was received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Accra, Ghana, on Wednesday. Now, Babo said he will have to wait between 30 and 180 days to hear back on whether he is allowed to return to the United States.

“The wait has officially begun. Please let’s ask our God for a favorable answer soon. Thank you everyone for the prayers and thoughts. God bless you!” said Babo in an email to the Times-News.

If this waiver is denied, Babo will file a second waiver to the decision to deny his visa.

Babo was arrested at his home in Ridgeley while doing the dishes in May 2010. After coming to the United States on a visitor’s visa to play basketball as a teenager, Babo and his fellow teammates were abandoned by their chaperone. Eventually, Babo was able to graduate high school and met his wife, Brittany, in college.

After following questionable legal advice, Babo remained in the United States without proper documentation. He was deported to the African nation of Cameroon, leaving his home in Ridgeley, his wife and his two sons.

Emily Newman can be contacted at enewman@times-news.com.

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