"I don't know when I'll be able to visit my dad," said Yeisel Más Dominguez, the daughter of Arsenio Mas.
The 34-year-old woman lives in Cuba and said her dad moved away when she was 13, but he died while trying to provide for his family on the island.
"I wanted to apply for a humanitarian visa, but there's no time," Más Dominguez said.
She's in a race against time as family members work on funeral arrangements.
"It's something you have to do quickly, and it's really hard to do something quickly. It's a bureaucracy. It's a slow-moving process," immigration attorney Richard Hujber, who has an office in Boynton Beach, said.
"When it comes to emergency visas why is it so challenging for her case?" asked WPTV reporter Joel Lopez.
"Because she's from Cuba," Hujber said. "The embassy was closed for five years. They just reopened about a year or so ago, and they're just overwhelmed and backlogged."
Más Dominguez said her brother and aunt live in the Miami-Dade County area and are planning on having her father cremated.
"If she were to start the process today, how long do you think it could take for her to finally get a visa?" Lopez asked.
"With a member of Congress involved picking up phones, sending emails, faxes and reaching out, it could be within a week hopefully," Hujber said.
He said he's helped thousands of families in his 25 years in the business and plans to contact Más Dominguez to try and help her say her final goodbyes to her father.
"Let's try to fight this, let's try to file this with the right people, the right connections pulling strings," Hujber said. "There's certainly a possibility."
The Truck Safety Coalition that helps families of truck crash victims is also willing to help the family.
They said they have volunteers that speak Spanish who are available when needed.