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Understanding your options if your visa sponsor dies

If you have worked hard to make your way to a new country and begin a new life for both yourself and your family, chances are you have spent considerable time making sure that your affairs are in order. However, sometimes things can happen suddenly which could prevent you from being able to maintain your temporary stay or could put you at risk of being deported. At Francis Law Center, we understand the risks that immigrants face, and we have been able to help many people in Illinois to work through the process of immigration. 

One of the potential problems you may face is figuring out how to maintain your visa if your visa sponsor dies. According to NY Daily News, if you are currently awaiting an immigrant visa, but your sponsor passes away, you still have a likely chance of getting sponsored. If you are able to provide proof that the deceased person was petitioning for you and that you are deserving of permanent residence, the USCIS may be willing to consider your case. In fact, in some cases, you may not even be required to demonstrate a humanitarian need, but simply provide proof of your deceased loved one's petition on your behalf. If you are a widow or widower of the deceased, your chances of getting a green card are even better. 

By understanding your options if you are faced with the sudden death of your visa sponsor, you may be better able to prepare for the next steps of immigration without making irrational decisions that could stall your request. For more information about applying for a visa, visit our web page.  

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