Sunayana Dumala, the wife of hate crime victim Srinivas Kuchibhotla, will likely be deported since her deceased husband was how she retained legal status to live in the United States according to the Kansas City Star. Mr. Kuchibhotla was gunned dow n in a Kansas bar by an anti-Muslim terrorist who believed that the Indian national was "Iranian".
Dumala, also a native Indian, has lived in the United States since she enrolled in a Minnesota college 10 years ago. She married Kuchibhotla, a technical engineer, in 2012, and soon they applied for a green card on his H-1B visa, issued to workers in specialized fields. With his death, her pursuit of a green card is back to square one. Dumala on Friday wrote in an email to The 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.”