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December 14, 2011
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Jamaican denied US visa

A 23-year-old Jamaican man who married a 38-year-old Jewish American woman may have to wait about two years before he can be with his wife and six-month-old son whom he is yet to meet.

The man may have to wait that long after the US Embassy in St Andrew denied him a visa.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Jenny Messam, of Los Angeles, California, met Jason Messam in July 2009, while on holiday in Jamaica. In January 2010, they got married, but US Embassy officials in Jamaica believe their marriage was a fraud.

THE STAR understands that about one year after the wedding Jason went to the immigration centre in St Andrew for an interview. Two months later, he was called back for another interview with his wife.

tricky questions

By that time she was five months pregnant. The couple claims that at that interview they were asked a number of tricky questions.

According to Messam, one official asked her, 'What could you possibly have in common with someone 15 years younger than you?'

"I get there are sham marriages but there also aren't. People do fall in love," she said.

The couple's story has been compared to the 1998 film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

The story tells of a San Francisco stockbroker called Stella Payne who goes on holiday to Jamaica and falls in love with a man there.

"It's not like I was trying to marry an American, it could be anybody else, as long as someone came around just like Jenny," Jason said.

THE STAR further understands that the case is now with US Citizenship and Immigration Services for a further review that could take up to two years.

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