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Ukrainian boy awaits permission to join mom in U.S.

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A Skype call is as close as Natalia Kuzmina can get to her 4-year-old son, Mikhailo. The little boy is living in Ukraine with his grandfather, waiting for paperwork to come through so he can travel to the United States and live with his mother and stepfather.

Natalia has only seen her son once in four months. She recently married a U.S. citizen. Lawyers advised her not to leave the country as she might not be able to get back.

Natalia and her husband were told it could take up to a year to get Mikhailo a green card. So the Queens couple turned to Rep. Steve Israel for help. He was able to convince the State Department to issue Mikhailo a green card by arguing the boy is in danger because of the violence in the region.

Now this family is waiting for the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to issue Mikhailo travel documents.

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