Yet, ICE may be at his doorstep at any moment to deport him! That is reality in 2019.
His father died in a car accident in Guntur, India on 25 Nov 1998. Later that day, his mother suffered heart failure and died in her sleep, leaving 12-year-old Santosh an orphan.
In 1999, the boy's aunt and her husband, a U.S. citizen, gained legal guardianship over Santosh in India, they obtained an adoption visa from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, completed a home study for adoption and brought Santosh to the USA as a legal permanent resident on April 30, 2001.
Young Santosh thrived in America. He married, graduated with a master's degree, he was living a productive life in Salt Lake.
Believing he was a U.S. citizen, Santosh applied to the State Department for a U.S. passport in October 2017. The government refused to recognize his adoption, concluding, “It does not appear that you acquired United States citizenship because you were adopted by your United States citizen parents after your 18th birthday."
The denial casts doubt on Santosh’s right to remain in the United States. To read the details, click on this Deseret News piece.