Paul D. Cramm

Widow Of Austins Bar & Grill Shooting Victim Faced Deportation After Husband’s Death

Sunayana Dumala, the widow of a suspected hate crime victim named Drinivas Kuchibhotla, who was running Austins Bar & Grill, lost her U.S. resident status after her husband died in the month of February.

According to U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, the case upset her and he planned to assist the widow as she feared she could not return to the U.S. when she went to her home country, India, for her husband’s funeral.

Dumala was living in the United States since the past many years and she studied at the Minnesota College. She got married to Kuchibhotla back in 2012 after which they applied for a green card on his H-1B visa, issued to workers in specialized fields. After he died, the case of her green card is back to square one.

With the efforts of Yoder and some other individuals, she got permission and 1-year visa to work again at an Overland Park marketing agency. Yoder said in an interview, “We are not going to deport the widow of the victim of a hate crime.”

An Email written by Dumala included, “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.”

Yoder added there are so many things that require to be done to stop authorities from deporting her and assist her in getting permanent residency. He wishes to help other individuals in similar cases. He is also one of the persons, who introduced the bill that can speed up permanent-resident status of well-educated immigrants that come to the U.S. from other countries and who are facing strict limits on their access to green cards.

According to the legislation under which individuals from other countries are issued a green card, the U.S. can only issue permanent residency to 120,000 individuals every year. Not more than 7 percent of individuals applying for residency can get it due to which well-schooled immigrants from smaller nations get green cards in a few months, whereas a large number of those who belong to big nations have to wait for too long, sometimes even more than 10 years to become a permanent U.S. resident. To apply for residency, a U.S. sponsor is mandatory who has agreed to support the individual until he/she gets the green card.

According to Overland Park immigration lawyer Mira Mdivani, other than reducing the speed of the citizenship process for skilled immigrants, “this is anti-economy and anti-employer. We don’t have many people coming here from Scotland or Germany because they don’t want to come here. The economy of their countries is strong enough to keep them there. We are so fortunate to have people from India, China and the Philippines who want to bring their talents to our country.”

From India alone, there are a large number of skilled immigrants who are waiting for the green card and permanent residency.

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.