Reunite Afghan interpreter with his family in the U.S.
  • Petitioned US Embassy in Kabul, Media Relations

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Reunite Afghan interpreter with his family in the U.S.

    1. Mary Ann Rollins
    2. Petition by

      Mary Ann Rollins

      Orem, United States

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December 2013

Victory

After over two years of waiting for a visa, Mary Ann's husband, an interpreter for US troops in Afghanistan, has finally been granted a visa and has arrived at his new home in the United States.

Mary Ann says, "We're so excited that my husband -- Ryhan's dad -- is home for Christmas. My son Ryhan is about to meet his dad in person for the first time. We're so happy to have our family together at last! Thank you so much for your support!"

This is our 16-month-old son, Ryhan. He has never seen his father in person. I need your support to help my husband secure a visa so that my family can be reunited.

My husband is a native Afghan interpreter. We originally met 5 years ago, when I deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard. Two years ago, I went back to Afghanistan on my own to get married in Kabul. 

My husband has worked with US soldiers, Marines, and Special Forces in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. Like the thousands of Afghan interpreters who give so much to our troops, his life would be in immediate danger if his name or photograph were publicly exposed, so I can't share that here. 

Every interpreter who helps our military in Afghanistan is risking their life for our country. They all deserve the opportunity to live in peace in this country they have sacrificed for. However, the processing of their visas is very slow due to bureaucratic inefficiency. My husband and I have been waiting for nearly 2 years for his visa to finish processing.

I heard about another veteran who successfully secured a visa for an interpreter he worked with while serving in Afghanistan through a similar Change.org petition. I hope that with your help, the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Kabul will finally issue my husband a visa.

Please support us in asking for a visa for my husband to bring our family together at last.

To:
US Embassy in Kabul, Media Relations
State Department Headquarters

Please issue Ryhan's father his visa so that their family can be together.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Marylynne Rotondo DEDHAM, MA
      • 11 months ago

      PLZ speed up this mans visa & prove you support what we live in these U.S. , what we stand for, FREEDOM!!

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    • Victoria Weld SALEM, OR
      • 11 months ago

      I served as an NGO worker in Afghanistan and have dear friends still in country. As well, I have family who serve in the US military (actually visited my brother-in-law at AF operations in Kyrgyzstan in 2004). I also also walked the visa and naturalization process myself w/my ex-husband. I saw him treated so wonderfully because he was from Germany and the process went so smooth --- more than several agency members told us that they'd not hold him up because he wasn't one of "those people." I watched him receive preferential treatment over those from developing nations and was fairly outraged. This is doubly so because his character wasn't even half as courageously, sacrificial, caring and wholehearted as those I worked with in disaster zones throughout the globe. My experience w/our Afghan staff is much like Ms. Rollins and I was there a few different times, the first not long after 9/11. So, I have had the experience of my Afghan colleagues risk their lives for my own. They became family to me and we would be LUCKY to have them as citizens or residents in this country. There is much we can learn from them.

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    • Cathy Solis FORT MYERS, FL
      • 11 months ago

      There are many foreigners living in the U.S. who clearly do not appreciate this country as they have demonstrated by blatantly breaking laws & criticizing this country in most despicable ways, however, there are those who deserve a chance to live here, to join their families & to demonstrate how they can be an asset to the U.S. I believe that this gentleman deserves that opportunity.

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    • John R. Houghton OSLO, NORWAY
      • 11 months ago

      It's all about something called democracy and freedom... something that used to be very precious in the Western World, but I wonder now?

      Our governments talk the BIG talk about democracy and freedom but their actions are of lilliputians.

      Both have honoured the USA by doing their duty... It now pay back time... It's time for the USA to honour democracy and freedom.

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    • Candice Brasington CONWAY, SC
      • 11 months ago

      Because the United States needs to keep its promise!

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