Written by attorney Katharine Speer Rosenthal

Keeping an Immigration Application Alive When the Petitioner Dies

The death of a family member is devastating alone. It is even worst for those who have waited years or decades for a visa to reunite them with their family in the United States. "The petition dies with the petitioner" used to be the rule, but since 2009, there is hope for grieving families.

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USCIS published memoranda on the 2009 reforms. Click on the link below and search separately for "death" and "deceased" to find these memos.

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