The widow of Austins Bar & Grill shooting victim Srinivas Kuchibhotla lost her US resident status when her husband status when her Indian husband was killed in February in a suspected hate crime.
Sunayana Dumala has been living in US since she enrolled in a Minnesota college in 2007. She married Kuchibhotla, a technical engineer, in 2012 and they applied for a green card on his H-1B visa.
However, Dumala lost her US resident status after the death of her husband, Srinivas in a Feb 22 shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe. Witnesses said the gunman shouted racial slurs before opening fire.
Kevin Yoder, a Republican member of the house of representatives, said that he became "apoplectic" when he heard the news and began working to help Dumala maintain her residency after she travelled to Hyderabad for her husband's funeral and feared she would be unable to return to the US.