Visa for a parent

Salesforce 12ka442ka1
Jul 7 16 Comments

My father unfortunately passed away last month, and my mother is all alone in our hometown back in India.

Both me and my spouse are currently on H1b and our green cards are years away. (Our priority dates are expected to be current ~2026-2027).

I’m trying to explore visa options so that she’s not alone 6 months every year. Has someone faced a similar situation? Is there any investment visa that I can obtain for her? She has a visitor visa that allows her to visit 6 months at a time.

Alternatively, has anyone moved back to India for a similar reason? How was the experience? How long did it take to find jobs? What are the financial considerations there? Ie can you withdraw money out of 401k and the bank accounts here? Can you keep funds here even though you’re permanently back in India ?

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  • New / Strategy
    gandalfhan

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    gandalfhanmore
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I dont have any inputs , just wanted to give my condolences...stay strong bro !
    Jul 7 1
    • Verisk Analytics pinkfloyd🎸
      Me too. Sorry for your loss. Strength and prayers for your mom and fam🙏🏼💐
      Jul 7
  • Microsoft sillyboi
    Sorry for your loss. Only viable option is to move to Canada and get parents Visa which allows stay for 2 years at a time.
    Jul 7 1
    • eBay / Eng pridee
      Does Microsoft help in moving to Canada in such situation?
      If we have Canada PR, how much time does it take to get PR for the parents?
      Jul 7
  • Facebook 44ffb4fb
    There is no other option other than visitor visa and staying here for 6 months. You can sponsor a green card for the parent only after you become a citizen (which will take 5 more years after you get your GC). There is also a way to extend the 6 months stay for additional 6 months by filing a petition with USCIS but that is not a long term solution.

    Have you tried finding retirement community homes back in India? They have all facilities for old aged people like medical facilities, dining services to name a few.
    Jul 7 1
    • Facebook 44ffb4fb
      If you don't have kids over here and no house mortgage then the move shouldn't be difficult. You will definitely find a good paying tech job but cannot expect the same lifestyle/quality as US. Also it's not a rule that you cannot withdraw money from 401k, just that if you do so before 59.5 years then you will have to pay 10% penalty on top of the taxes. But hopefully the employer match will compensate that 10% in case you've been working for a few years now.
      Jul 7
  • Wells Fargo qUyB01
    From what I know and as per earlier replies visitor visa is the only option if you want to stay in the US. Canada is a viable option and would be much quicker to get a PR if you find a job first. In terms of getting a job, India is fine with SWE experience with the caveat that the salary would be 35-40% of what you make here. You should be able to withdraw money from the 401K after paying taxes and a 10% penalty for early withdrawal. I would suspect you can keep funds here even though you move back but your brokerage or a CPA used to dealing with multinational folks would know better
    Jul 7 0
  • Salesforce myna
    Sorry for your loss. Stay strong
    Jul 7 0
  • Expedia e2t2
    Sorry to hear the loss of your father. Since your need is immediate, try to get a vistor visa to canada or mexico. After 6 months stay she just needs to go out of country.
    Jul 7 3
    • I would not do this thing. The next time you try to enter US, customs officer can think that you are trying to live permanently in the US on a visitor visa.

      Just going out after 6 months and trying to enter back can be tricky
      Jul 7
    • New $€£
      Bad idea, do not try this OP. Rule of thumb is time spent outside the US should always be more than time spent in the US.
      Jul 7
    • Expedia e2t2
      Then come in as illegal. All benefits...freeeer
      Jul 8
  • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
    You can keep withdrawing the minimum every year to incur the least tax possible, talk to CPA.
    Jul 7 0
  • LinkedIn ex-fb
    B2 household member
    Jul 7 0
  • eBay / Eng pridee
    Sorry to hear about your loss. Please stay strong.
    Jul 7 0
  • Sorry for your loss. Stay strong
    Jul 7 0