Let my mother come to my wedding

    1. Anastasia Zotova
    2. Petition by

      Anastasia Zotova

      San Diego, CA

On October 1, the U.S. Embassy in Yekaterinburg, Russia rejected my fiancee's mother's visitor visa application to come to the United States. My fiancee should be able to at least have the joy of her mother's presence at her wedding but the State Department is preventing this from happening.

Her mother took time off of work, which is not customary in a small town in the Urals in order to make the long train ride to the nearest U.S. Consulate for the visa interview. She paid the application fee, which was a significant portion of her month's salary and stayed in a hostel in Yekaterinburg with strangers. Then after all that she was refused after the consular office asked but one question?

She provided amply proof of her intent to return to Russia: she proved she was married and that her husband(fiancee's father) was staying home; she proved her monthly income with a 25 year history of working for the same company; she proved the existence of other members of her immediate family, her son (fiancee's brother) who was also staying in Russia; and she showed the title/deed to the three bedroom house she owns in her home city. These all demonstrate social and financial ties to Russia which demonstrate her non-immigrant intent.

The visa should have been approved.

Please support this petition because every daughter ought to have the opportunity to have their mother at their wedding.

The photo of the two of them is from the first Skype call since the rejection at the Consulate. Anastasia's mother had to travel to another province over the weekend for the  visa interview. 


American citizen on behalf of foriegn national, Anastasia Zotova

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    Reasons for signing

    • julie wines TERANG, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Let these people be happy on one of the most important days of their lives. To deny them is cruel and mean.

    • Charlene Nelson CASSELTON, ND
      • almost 2 years ago

      We just gave children of illegal aliens a free pass to stay in the US and you won't even let this mother into the US for 3 wks to see her daughter get married? This is wrong.

    • Linda Barone KENMORE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      A mother should be with her daughter when she marries ...its a mothers rite .

      • almost 2 years ago

      I am getting married to my Filipino-born fiance in the Philippines next March. I would be heart broken if my parents were unable to attend due to an incompetent employee at the consulate office. I hope Anastasia's mom is able to attend!

    • Laura Shaw RIDGWAY, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a mother I know how devastated I would be if I were not permitted to attend the wedding of one of my children.


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