Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents

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"If you are immigrating to the United States to live permanently, following U.S. immigration laws, we welcome you.  We understand you may not be familiar with laws in this country.  We want you to know, under all circumstances, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse are illegal in the United States and that all people in the United States are guaranteed protection under law from abuse.  All victims of domestic violence, regardless of their immigration status, may seek and receive help.  This webpage and the pamphlet below inform applicants applying for K-1 visas as fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, K-3 visas as spouses of U.S. citizens, IR-1/CR-1 immigrant visas as spouses of U.S. citizens, and F2A immigrant visas as spouses of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) of their legal rights relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  Additionally, K-1 and K-3 visa applicants are provided with any existing criminal background information