Under the old “widow penalty” law, a foreign national who married a United States citizen would be deported if his or her spouse died before their two-year anniversary. Before 2009 — when a new law was passed that ended the widow penalty — thousands of people who had lost a spouse were forced to leave the United States. It didn’t matter what job they had, how long they had known their spouse, or whether they had children.
With the passage of the law ending the widow penalty in immigration, individuals who have lost a U.S.-citizen spouse can apply for a green card for themselves and any children born outside of the U.S. This law may also apply to surviving relatives.
To find out more about the widow penalty in immigration, and your legal options for staying in the United States, contact a Los Angeles lawyer from the Hanlon Law Group, PC.
Immigration Options for Widows and Widowers
The immigration attorneys at our law firm can help you determine your best option for remaining in the United States following the death of your spouse. We can help you file for a green card for yourself, and for any children born outside of the U.S. We are experienced at helping clients through the green card application process, working to ensure a timely and detailed application.
Contact a Los Angeles Immigration Attorney Today!
For more information about the widow penalty in immigration or obtaining a K-3 or green card as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, contact our Los Angels immigration law firm. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your immigration law concerns.