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Mother granted visa to be with dying toddler

While many parents in Washington, D.C. are happily planning for their children's future, there are others whose child's terminal illness will force them to say goodbye. For these parents, there is likely nothing more important than to be by their child's side as they continue the fight. Unfortunately, reports indicate that one woman was prohibited from being at the side of her toddler as she was banned from the country by the current administration's travel ban; she was only recently given a waiver that allowed her a visa to travel to the country.

The case involves a 2-year-old. Both the toddler and his father are U.S. citizens. His mother, however, is from one of the countries included in the travel ban. In early October, the toddler and his father traveled to the United States so that the child could receive medical treatment.

Unfortunately, the toddler has since been placed on life support as a result of the genetic brain condition he has been battling; his mother is in Egypt, unable to travel to the U.S. because she is from Yemen. It was not until after the father was interviewed on a major news network that the U.S. State Department granted the woman's request for a waiver, allowing her to travel to the country with an I-130 visa. She was expected to board a plane soon after she received the waiver, allowing her to be at her son's side during the last days of his life.

Even with the ban in place, the State Department can grant waivers under certain circumstances. Though it issued no comment on this individual case, the State Department claims that it attempts to facilitate what it deems "legitimate travel." As this case reveals, the need to travel to the United States is often a life or death situation. Often, those unfamiliar with the process are unsure about their options. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals in Washington, DC who are able to help their clients seek the necessary visa to travel to the country

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