Lolo Soetoro, a 32-year-old citizen of Indonesia, was admitted to the United States as an exchange visitor under Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to participate in graduate studies at the Center for Cultural Technical Interchange Between East and West, University of Hawaii.
Lolo Soetoro’s program at the University of Hawaii terminated June 15, 1964. On June 19, 1964, the university granted permission for him to remain in the United States for practical training until June 15, 1965.
Stanley Ann Dunham Obama divorced Barack Hussein Obama in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii.
March 24, 1965
Ann Dunham marries Lolo Soetoro in Molokai, Hawaii, as documented by Certificate of Marriage, License No. 80296, State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Research, Planning and Statistics Office
July 19, 1965
Stanley Ann Dunham is issued Passport No. F777788 by U.S. Department of State (passport application destroyed by State Department in 1980s). It is unknown whether Dunham had a U.S. passport prior to 1965, because the State Department claims her passport records prior to 1968 were destroyed in the 1980s in accordance with unspecified “guidance” from the General Services Administration.
Dec. 12, 1966
Application by Lolo Soetoro to obtain a waiver of the foreign-residency requirements of the student visa that allowed him to come to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii is denied, as documented by letter dated Dec. 12, 1966, from John F. O’Shea, district director, U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service. Soetoro argues that the hostility in Indonesia made it unsafe for his wife to travel to Indonesia and that the separation caused by forcing him to return to Indonesia would be a financial hardship for his wife. The Immigration and Naturalization Service rejected the argument, saying in Mr. O’Shea’s letter Dec. 12, 1966, that the hardship Soetoro described was “usual” in such cases.
July 20, 1966
Lolo Soetoro leaves Hawaii to return to Indonesia, according to multiple references within Department of Justice and Immigration and Naturalization Service documents.
June 29, 1967
Dunham applies to the State Department to amend her U.S. Passport No. F777788 to change her name from Stanley Ann Dunham to her married name Stanley Ann Soetoro. The marriage to Lolo Soetoro is listed on the amendment form as having occurred March 13, 1965, in Molokai, Hawaii.
Ann Dunham Soetoro travels from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Jakarta, Indonesia, via Japan Airlines, using U.S. Passport No. 777788, documented by a request by Dunham Soetoro to obtain an exception allowing her to travel on an expired passport. The request was granted by the State Department Oct. 21, 1971.
Barack Obama accompanies his mother, traveling as a child named on her U.S. Passport No. 777788. Obama incorrectly identifies the 1967 flight with his mother to Indonesia as being on a Pan Am jet, and he recalls a three-day stopover in Japan (Source: Dreams from My Father, page 31). State Department records list no other travel to Indonesia by Dunham Soetoro from 1967 to 1971.
Aug. 13, 1968
Dunham Soetoro applies from Jakarta, Indonesia, to the U.S. State Department to renew her Passport No. F777788, issued July 19, 1965, for an additional two years. The passport is renewed until July 18, 1970, five years from its issuance.
In the same application, she amends her Passport No. F777788 to exclude her child, identified as Barack Hussein Obama (Soebarkah), from her U.S. passport.
Aug. 15, 1970
Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, was born to Lolo Soetoro and Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro in Indonesia.
1971, unidentified date
Barack Obama lived in Indonesia for “over three years by that time,” discussing a visit with his mother to the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta at an unspecified time before he returned to the U.S. (Source: Dreams from My Father, p. 30).
“In Indonesia, I had spent two years at a Muslim school, two years at the Catholic school” (Source: “Dreams from My Father,” p. 154).
Obama was in Indonesia from the time he was 6 years old until age 10, from 1967 to 1971.
On an unspecified date in 1971: Barack Obama returns from Indonesia to Hawaii alone, unaccompanied by his mother (Source: “Dreams from My Father,” p. 53). Obama asserts he hands his grandparents his U.S. passport upon arrival in Honolulu (Source: Dreams from My Father, p. 54).
Nothing in the released Freedom of Information State Department documents indicates Dunham Soetoro assisted her son in obtaining a U.S. passport in Indonesia after she amended her passport to remove his name.
To date, Obama has refused to release to the U.S. public his State Department passport records and international travel documentation.
Oct. 21, 1971
U.S. Department of State allows Dunham Soetoro to enter the United States on her expired passport No. F777788. The State Department exception form notes the departure from the U.S. related to the trip was the Oct. 1967 flight Dunham Soetoro took to Indonesia from Hawaii on Japan Airways.
Oct. 20-21, 1971
Dunham Soetoro departs from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Pan American Airlines Flight No. 812, arriving Oct. 21, 1971, in Honolulu, Hawaii, traveling on the exception granted by the State Department on Oct. 21, 1971, to use her expired passport No. F777788.
End of October 1971
Barack Obama Sr. travels from Kenya to Honolulu to attend a school reunion at the University of Hawaii and to visit his son and ex-wife.
Obama’s father travels to Hawaii two weeks after his mother travels from Indonesia to Hawaii; father returns to Kenya and mother returns to Indonesia after New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 1972 (Source: “Dreams from My Father,” p. 62).