Grant a Visa to Pastor Michael
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Since November 2017, Kenyan pastor Michael Omondi has been stuck in the Department of State's "Administrative Processing" for a visa to come to the US. As the spouse and soon-to-be-father of American citizens, he wants to be able to visit the US with his family!
Ndoto (www.ndoto.org) is a faith-based mission organization whose mission is to Educate, Disciple, and Develop at-risk people in western Kenya. Founder and Executive Director Allison Schlack has been working in Kenya since 2003 and living there since 2011. In that time, Ndoto has sponsored more than 450 students to schools from kindergarten through university, launched a thriving church, and started several businesses to create jobs. Michael Omondi has been part of the ministry for more than a decade, as a student in Bible college, as a staff member, and as the lead pastor of Ndoto Community Church.
In April 2018, after a long relationship, Allison and Michael were married in Kenya and nearly two dozen people traveled to be with them on their big day. They are expecting their first child in May 2019.
In 2017, they started the process with the US Embassy in Nairobi to apply for a B1/B2 "tourist" visa so that Michael would be able to visit the United States with Allison. He has never been to the US, although he has been to several other countries with Allison. This visa would allow him to meet the rest of Allison's family, see her home, and be part of Ndoto's ministry and fundraising in the US. Perhaps most importantly, it would allow them to be legally married in the US and for him to travel with Allison and their child when they come to the US.
Neither Allison nor Michael want to permanently move to the US. Michael could apply for a green card to immigrate as the spouse of an American citizen, but he is the sole pastor of a thriving church and Allison directs the Kenyan operations of Ndoto's work. Michael only wants to be able to visit.
On November 13, 2017, Michael had his visa appointment in Nairobi and received approval. However, within days, his application was moved to "Administrative Processing" which is supposed to take 60-90 days. It has now been well over a year. Michael has no criminal history, has a bachelor's degree, and is gainfully employed. He has purchased land for his mother, takes care of his grandmother, and supports his sister and nephew.
Everyone from employees at the State Department in DC to various Embassies' employees to the staff of a US Senator have said that this case is highly unusual but there is nothing that they can do. Only the staff at the State Department in Washington D.C. can finally issue this visa.
We are asking for Pastor Michael to receive his visa!
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