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Approval of Petitions and Applications after the Death of the Qualifying Relative under New Section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

For many years, USCIS had taken the position that the law did not permit the beneficiary of a visa petition to obtain approval of the petition if the petitioner died while the petition remained pending. See Matter of Sano, 19 I&N Dec. 299 (BIA 1985); Matter of Varela, 13 I&N Dec. 453 (BIA 1970).

New section 204(l) of the Act changes this governing law with respect to an alien who is seeking an immigration benefit through a deceased “qualifying relative.” Section 204(l) permits the approval of a visa petition or refugee/asylee relative petition, as well as any adjustment application and related application....Read More, here.