PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The crisis in Ukraine continues to impact local families, including one in Port St. Lucie.
Lindy and Tanya Warner fear the war will only make it harder for their son in Ukraine to obtain a non-immigrant visa from the U.S Embassy in Ukraine.
Andrey Ageev has been denied a visa for years, and lawmakers say the war will likely make it harder for him to legally travel to the U.S.
"Visas in those type of countries are tough to come by," U.S Senator, Bill Nelson, said. "Whenever you have a war zone, it always complicates the situation."
The Warner's have written letters to Nelson as well as U.S Senator Marco Rubio. The lawmakers have responded that they, too, have had unfavorable responses from the U.S Embassy.
"As far as they're concerned, he's a 30-year-old, unmarried male and probably wants to come here to stay," Lindy said.
The Warners' church, St. James Orthodox Church in Port St. Lucie, has also written letters to the embassy, asking that it approve a travel visa for Ageev. In the letter, the church says it would also make sure Ageev
does not overstay the length of time allowed by his visa.
"Im very upset that my son can not visit us in America," Tanya said.
"If something happens to her, he can't come see her," worried Lindy.
Until the crisis wraps up, the Warner's feel helpless. "We don't see much hope at all in that so we're stuck. We don't know what we're going to do," said Lindy.
The Warner's are planning a trip to Ukraine within the next month, and plan to visit the U. S Embassy to continue pushing for their son's visa.