SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Garmin company officials have pledged to ensure that the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla will be able to return to the U.S. after she travels to India for her slain husband’s burial.
Sunayana Dumala expressed concern after the shooting of her husband that her travel visa might become invalid, making her ineligible to continue living in the United States.
“Garmin has to make sure that I can come back to this country at my will and pursue his dreams of me being successful in any field that I choose,” Dumala said during a news conference Friday at Garmin in Olathe. “And I have to fulfill his dreams right here where he started.”
Company officials said her husband was employed courtesy of an H-1B visa, while Dumala is in the states on an H4 visa. He is the main holder of the visa, which allowed his wife to live and work in the United States.
“My husband came to the United States with lots of dreams,” Dumala said. “We made Kansas our home, we made Olathe our home.”
Garmin’s in-house legal counsel as well as its immigration counsel are working on Dumala’s travel arrangements. Several local law firms have come forward to offer free legal assistance, said Laurie Minard, Garmin’s vice president of human resources. Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco tells Diya TV his counterpart in Houston, RD Joshi, has already met with Alok Madasani and will be the point person to ensure Srinivas Kutchibotla’s widow and family will be able to take his remains to India. Ashok say they will paying for the remains to be sent back to India through the India Community Welfare Fund.