Death of a Petitioner or Beneficiary: Options for Surviving Relatives

Death of a Petitioner or Beneficiary: Options for Surviving Relatives

Death of a Petitioner or Beneficiary: Options for Surviving Relatives - Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 7/14/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Immigration worries compound and complicate the grief and burden of those dealing with the death of a loved one. A widowed spouse is left wondering about the viability of a spouse’s approved I-140 petition and the ability to remain in the United States. The loss of a beloved parent is worsened by the realization that long-awaited immigration benefits are now seemingly lost. During this beginner seminar, panelists will discuss various legal remedies available, including nonimmigrant status, permanent residence, and naturalization for certain surviving relatives. They also will provide tips and best practices for petitioning inside and outside the United States.

Featured Topics:

  • Self-Petitions for Widows/Widowers of U.S. Citizens
  • INA §204(l): Protection for Surviving Principal or Derivative Beneficiaries in Various Immigration Petitions
  • Humanitarian Reinstatement
  • Benefits for Surviving Spouse/Children of U.S. Military Members

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Carlina Tapia-Ruano, AILA Past President/Family Section Steering Committee Vice Chair, Chicago, IL

Carlina Tapia-Ruano, of Tapia-Ruano & Gunn PC. concentrates her practice in family related immigration and immigration litigation. She is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is also a past Commissioner of the ABA Immigration Section, and a past Advisor of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. She holds a rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America.

Mackenzie W. Mackins, Sherman Oaks, CA

Mackenzie W. Mackins, Esq. is the owner of Mackins & Mackins, LLP. She has experience with removal defense and family-based U.S. immigration legal matters including adjustment of status, waivers and visas. She also has appellate experience at the BIA and has argued before the Ninth Circuit. During her last semester of law school, Ms. Mackins interned at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). She is currently a member of AILA and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Mackins has been a guest speaker at Loyola Law School, AILA National and LACBA events. Ms. Mackins can be contacted at

Afia Yunus, Melville, NY

Afia Yunus received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2010) and is Founder and Principal Attorney of Yunus Law, Melville, NY. Her practice focuses exclusively on U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, representing clients from across the country and abroad. Ms. Yunus was the Chairperson of NDA for AILA Philadelphia Chapter for 2 years, a member of AILA national diversity and inclusion committee, delivers talks, hosts “know-your-rights” seminars, and coordinates coalition building between minority and faith communities.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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