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Living in The Philippines => Emigrating section => Topic started by: shortman on January 06, 2015, 09:05:53 AM

Title: Widow visa
Post by: shortman on January 06, 2015, 09:05:53 AM
Hello guys,I'm lar..I hope u don't mind me using my husband member's name here in this forum...I have a question about survivor spouse and widow visa..i had been searching online about this but still unclear to me...after shortman died,I tried to claim for a benefits from ssa but they said I could only claim benefit at age of 60...I'm 31 y.o right now,no children and my hubby and I been together for  8 year(4 years live-in,4 years married),I never been to USA,it's my choice not to go there bcoz of financial concerned..So,after learning I couldn't get a benefits from my husband's pension..I'm thinking of applying widow visa..is it true that it is expensive to file for widow visa and other hidden expenses to go to usa...please forgive me,if u don't understand what I'm saying...feel free to say it so that I will be enlighten on what I need to know or do...thanks,lar
Title: Re: Widow visa
Post by: Steve & Myrlita on January 06, 2015, 10:06:31 AM
Hello guys,I'm Lar..I hope u don't mind me using my husband's member name here in this forum...I have a question about survivor spouse and widow visa..i had been searching online about this but still unclear to me...after Shortman died, I tried to claim for a benefit from SSA but they said I could only claim benefit at age of 60...I'm 31 y.o right now, no children and my hubby and I been together for 8 years (4 years live-in, 4 years married). I never been to the USA. It's my choice not to go there because of financial concerns..So,after learning I couldn't get any benefits from my husband's pension..I'm thinking of applying for the widow's visa..Is it true that it is expensive to file for widow visa and other hidden expenses to go to USA?...Please forgive me if you don't understand what I'm saying...feel free to say it so that I will be enlightened on what I need to know or do...thanks, Lar

Hi Lar. The DHS site http://www.uscis.gov/i-360 (http://www.uscis.gov/i-360)has this. For more info, Google I-360. Here is what it says:

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Widow(er)s of Deceased U.S. Citizens

If you are the widow(er) of a U.S. citizen, a recent change in the law may affect your ability to immigrate.  Section 568(c) of Public Law 111-83 amended the Immigration and Nationality Act so that you may be eligible to immigrate, even if you and your deceased spouse were married for less than 2 years when your spouse died.  This change took effect on October 28, 2009, when the President signed the new law.  As a result, you may now file Form I-360 for Special immigrant classification as a widow/widower, even if you were married less than 2 years when your spouse died.

You must still file your Form I-360 no later than 2 years after the citizenís death.  If your spouse died before October 28, 2009, however, and you were married for less than 2 years, you can file a Form I-360 for Special Immigrant Classification as a widow/widower, so long as you do so no later than October 28, 2011.

Your eligibility to immigrate as the widow(er) of a U.S. citizen ends if you remarry before you immigrate.
. I hope this will help you. Again our deepest condolences to you from the forum. God Bless....Steve.
PS: You are of course welcome here Lar. Also the filing fee is $405 which is roughly P17k to P18k. Then the airfare which will be roughly between $900-$1500 one way depending on when you fly, which state you go to and which carrier you fly. You will need to research it.
Title: Re: Widow visa
Post by: shortman on January 08, 2015, 05:43:08 PM
Thank you Steve and myrlita,this is definitely helpful..at least I have some idea on how much it cost me...;)