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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AA03 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Petition To Classify Alien as Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen or as a Preference Immigrant; Self-Petitioning for Certain Battered or Abused Alien Spouses and Children 

In 1996, the Immigration and Naturalization Service published an interim rule on this subject at 61 FR 13061. USCIS, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service, received a number of comments in response to that rulemaking. Most of those comments have since been overcome by events, namely new legislation. In October 2000, the President signed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, Public Law 106-386, which contained numerous amendments to the battered spouse provisions contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). More recently, the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, Public Law 109-162 (Jan. 5, 2006), and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization of 2013, Public Law 113-4 (March 7, 2013) made further amendments to the battered spouse provisions of the INA. The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue another rule to make the changes required by the legislation.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204    8 CFR 205    8 CFR 216    8 CFR 245    8 CFR 274a     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101    Pub. L. 103-322    8 U.S.C. 1103    8 U.S.C. 1151    8 U.S.C. 1153 and 1154    8 U.S.C. 1182    8 U.S.C. 1186a    8 U.S.C. 1255    8 U.S.C. 1105a    Pub. L. 113-4   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  03/26/1996  61 FR 13061   
Interim Final Rule Effective  03/26/1996    
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  05/28/1996    
NPRM  To Be Determined 
Additional Information: New CIS No. 2442-08 CIS No. 1705-95 Transferred from RIN 1115-AE04
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Andria Strano
Chief, Humanitarian Affairs Division
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Office of Policy and Strategy, 5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:240 721-3000