At age 15, Anastasiya "Sofia" Petrova was banished to Siberia by her mother and step-father. Not only was she deceived into traveling to Siberia, she was mislead into thinking she would return in a couple of weeks. Upon arriving there, her nightmare began. She was told there were no travel papers to return to the US and she needed to live with her biological father who did not speak English and whom she had never met before. It turns out her biological father was not equipped to care for her - and given Sofia has limited Russian language skills and no permanent residence, she is at great risk. Sofia dreams of completing her education in the US where she lived from age 2-15 and where she attended high school. Sofia needs to return home. With USCIS' approval of her application for Humanitarian Parole, Sofia can at least travel to the US temporarily. Your support of this petition will let USCIS know that Sofia has so many supporters in the US who care about her future.
- c/o Elizabeth Runge, HAB Chief USCIS Adjudicating Officer, Humanitarian Affairs Branch, USCIS
Adjudicating Officer, Humanitarian Affairs Branch, USCIS
I am writing to express my sincere concern and support for Anastasiya “Sofia” Petrova, a young woman with a pending request for humanitarian parole. Sofia was banished to Siberia as a teenager by her mother and new step-father after spending her entire childhood from the age of 2 in the United States. Her friends and classmates have watched helplessly for the last nearly three years while Sofia has tried to find a way back to the United States, after realizing that she had been tricked into leaving under the guise of going on a three-week “vacation”. Now, without her immigration documents, which are currently in her mother’s possession, Sofia cannot find a way to escape her exile. As a last resort, she has asked the United States government to grant her humanitarian parole. Her request is pending as MSC-14-999-90791.
Ms. Petrova deserves the chance to see her American siblings again and to return to the only community that she has ever known. She also deserves the opportunity to determine her true immigration status and take charge of her future. Sofia’s parents may have abandoned her, but there are many U.S. citizens who support her and want to see her reunited with her community. I am one of them.
Thank you for considering Sofia’s plight. Please grant her pending I-131 with receipt number MSC-14-999-90791 and help her come home.
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