This factsheet provides basic information on various immigration remedies available to victims of domestic violence and/or certain other crimes, including sexual abuse, child abuse or human trafficking.

This factsheet covers:

  • A general overview of American legal immigration concepts and definition of terms
  • A general description of how people obtain legal status in the U.S. and how deportation or removal fits into the process
  • How marriage and divorce are related to immigration status
  • Specific protections in immigration law for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • How advocates can help victims in the immigration process

The information conveyed in this factsheet is intended only to assist in exploring options with non-citizen immigrants, and is not a substitute for individual advice from an experienced attorney.

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June 2017

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