If you have some basic information, you can look for the last action by USCIS online. Generally, the approval date will be provided.https://egov.uscis.g.../jsps/index.jsp
I checked the website and got the following:Current Status: Approval notice sent.
On July 25, 2003, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service.
This is really great news, since it was before the petitioner passed away!
Not sure why it took 6 more years to hear from the NVC, looks like they have been waiting for a visa number and perhaps expect one to be available within the next year!
Aaron (and others), now that it seems like we can request reinstatement, can you kindly provide any kind of guidance you may have in regards to the questions in the first post. Thanks!
Go here for some help. http://www.uscis.gov...00045f3d6a1RCRD
I don't know anything about substitute sponsors beyond what I have already posted. You may want to consult with a lawyer after viewing this link.
How can I reinstate a visa petition that was revoked by the death of the original petitioner?
Typically, when the visa petitioner dies, the approved I-130 originally filed by the visa petitioner is automatically revoked. However, following the passage of the Family Sponsor Immigration Act (P.L. 107-150), beneficiaries of these petitions may file for reinstatement so long as they can provide an I-864, Affidavit of Support, filed by a “substitute sponsor.”
In order to seek reinstatement of the visa petition, you must submit a statement to the USCIS office where the original visa petition was filed formally requesting reinstatement of the visa petition. The statement should list reasons why your case warrants reinstatement, such as your ties to the United States, or hardship that would occur to you if the request for reinstatement were not granted.
You must also include with your reinstatement request a Form I-864 completed by a “substitute sponsor”. A substitute sponsor must be a citizen or national, or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, at least 18 years of age, and a resident in the United States. A substitute sponsor must also be related to you as one of the following: spouse, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sibling, child (if at least 18 years of age), son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild. This substitute sponsor is filing the I-864 in place of the deceased petitioner, and must meet all of the financial requirements of a sponsor under INA section 213A.
With your reinstatement request you must provide documentary evidence of the death of the original petitioner, plus documentation of the relationship between you and the substitute sponsor. Finally, include a copy of your approved I-130, if available.
What is a “substitute sponsor” and how can I be one?
A substitute sponsor is a sponsor who files From I-864, Affidavit of Support, in place of a visa petitioner who has died. In order to be a “substitute sponsor,” you must be related to the intending immigrant in one of the following ways: spouse, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sibling, child (if at least 18 years of age), son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild. You must also be a U.S. citizen or national or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, be at least 18 years of age, domiciled in the United States, and meet all of the financial requirements of a sponsor under INA section 213A.
When the request for reinstatement is approved, and the intending immigrant ultimately obtains permanent residence in the United States, you will assume all of the obligations of a I-864 sponsor.
In order to be a “substitute sponsor,” complete Form I-864 and submit it to the USCIS office where the revoked visa petition (Form I-130) was originally filed, along with a statement from the intending immigrant formally requesting reinstatement and evidence that you are related to the intending immigrant in one of the ways listed above. (See “How can I reinstate a visa petition that was revoked by the death of the original petitioner?”)