Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla, has got a one-year visa.  She was facing deportation from the US after her husband was killed in a hate crime in Kansas in February.

A US lawmaker, Kevin Yoder, has granted her the one-year visa, and is working towards making her stay in the US permanent. Dumala was given a one-year visa to work at a marketing agency.

The night her husband died, Dumala had sent a tragic email to the Kansas City Star.

“On the fateful night of Feb 22, I not only lost my husband but also my immigration status…I’m very fortunate that many people came to my rescue to get me back on a temporary status…and are continuing to work on a permanent fix,” she wrote

A Decade In The US

She has lived in the US since she enrolled in a Minnesota college in 2007. She married her husband, who was a  technical engineer, in 2012. They had applied for a green card on her husband’s H-1 B visa. 

Her husband Srinivas Kuchibhotla was gunned down in a bar in Olathe, Kansas. The man had shouted racial slurs to him before opening fire.

Yoder, a Republican member of the house of representatives, said that he helped Dumala maintain her residency after her husband died.

“We are not going to deport the widow of the victim of a hate crime,” Yoder was quoted as saying by The Kansas City Star.

Yoder is fighting for her to get to stay in the country. 

Yoder told The Star: “We have people working in this country for decades, who came here legally, followed every law … done exactly what has been asked of them, and they could be sent home with couple of weeks notice if they lose their job.”

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