I married to a U.S. citizen. He
had filed Form I-130 for my immigration to United States, and now he is
not in good health. What
happens to my immigration petition If the family based
immigration sponsor dies?
If you are waiting to immigrate
to the United States on the basis of a visa petition, filed by a family
member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, that
person’s death will certainly make the process more
But unlike in past years, when the visa petition always died with the
petitioner, you may still be able to get a U.S. green card. Your
success depends on your relative’s status in the United
States, your relationship to him or her, where you currently live, and
whether you have relatives in the United States who are willing to
serve as financial sponsors for you.
If you were
married to or the minor child of a U.S. citizen, you are in an
especially good position to get a green card. Even if your U.S. citizen
spouse died before filing the initial visa petition for you Form I-130
or before the petition was approved, you may be able to carry on and
petition for yourself and your minor children.
You would file your visa petition on USCIS Form I-360 (Petition for
Amerasian, Widow, or Special Immigrant). Unlike other family
beneficiaries, you need not have an Affidavit of Support filed on your
behalf. But there’s a deadline. You must file the petition no
later than two years after the death of your U.S. citizen spouse. Also,
remarrying before you are approved for your green card will destroy
your right to it.