Exception to the Two Year Custody and Two Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children

This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in adjudicating Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, filed by a self-petitioning adopted child, when the adopted child has been battered or abused. Please click the attachment for more information on the memorandum

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Spousal abuse

What can happen to the US citizen if a spousal abuse case is filed by an illegal immigrant?

The abusing spouse can go to prison.

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Chicago USCIS Updates – 08/27/09

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed rule on the removal of HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance - As of now with respect to the above proposed rule the Chicago Field Office has not received any guidance from HQ. Hence the office will not hold such applications in suspension until further notice.

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Guestbook Entry for Francis King , United States

Francis King
United States

I am very much impressed with the professionalism of two of Mr Khanna's staffers. Shivane and Prerna were very patient and worked very hard to complete all the forms and putting the supporting documents together before filing with USCIS. I would certainly recommend this firm to others. Keep up the good work.

Immigration for Abused Spouse

U.S. citizens (USC) and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may file immigrant visa petitions with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of a spouse or child, so that these family members may immigrate to or remain in the United States. Sadly, certain cases exist where U.S. citizens and LPRs misuse their control of this process to abuse their family members. Consequently, most battered immigrants are fearful to report the abuse to the police or other authorities out of fear of losing their immigration benefits.


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