Backlog Death

Prashanth Padal, an Indian American resident of Tampa, Florida, who was on the Green Card backlog list, died suddenly Nov. 9, leaving his wife’s status in the U.S. in limbo. The North America Telugu Society started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for funeral arrangements. ( photo)

WASHINGTON – A U.S.-based Indian professional, whose name was listed in the Green Card backlog, died suddenly and, as a result, his newly-wedded wife has been rendered out of status, resulting in her inevitable return to India, a media report said.

Based in Tampa, Prashanth Padal died after a heart attack on Nov. 9, the report said Nov. 14.

He had married his wife, Sindhu, only four months ago in India. She had just recently moved to the U.S. with Padal, a native of Telangana.

Padal's death comes after Shiva Chalapathi Raju, of North Carolina, whose name was also in the Green Card backlog, passed away suddenly last month, leaving his pregnant wife in limbo.

The North America Telugu Society has started a fundraiser to help Padal's family.

Through the GoFundMe campaign (found here:, the organization is actively working with family members and friends and funeral home to make all funeral arrangements and fund-raising support.

The fundraiser with a goal of $100,000 has already received contributions of $63,314 in the two days since it was started.

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