Marriage Visas & K1/K3 Visa Holders - Legal Rights Of Victims Of Spousal Violence Or Abuse

The USCIS has issued a memorandum regarding the legal rights of K-1 and K-3 visa applicants and others married to U.S. citizens. This memorandum addresses the rights of those subject to family or domestic violence or abuse in the hands of their U.S. citizen spouses. It explains that victims of domestic abuse may be able to self-sponsor for a marriage green card by filing an I-360 (VAWA) Petition as a Special Immigrant. It also explains self-sponsorship for the I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions without the assistance of the abusive spouse as well as the availability of child support payments in the event of a separation. [Read The Entire K-1/K-3 Domestic Abuse Memo]