Hafsa Fathima

For more than two years since their wedding day, Albert Akhmetov and his wife have lived on separate continents.

Albert lives in Dallas and his wife Natalia in Kosovo. He immigrated to the United States from Russia through the diversity lottery visa program almost three years ago, and the couple married in Russia after meeting when he was visiting family there. They are waiting on her application for a green card to join him in the U.S.

Amid the overwhelming pandemic news cycle, you may not have known that May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month — a time to acknowledge and share API voices and culture.