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|DHS/USCIS||RIN: 1615-AC81||Publication ID: Fall 2022|
|Title: ●Relief Under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and Subsequent Legislation|
This proposed rule would amend regulations governing self-petitions for immigrant classification and related relief available to certain spouses, children, and parents who have been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by their U.S. citizen spouses, parents, sons, or daughters, or lawful permanent resident spouses or parents. DHS also proposes to amend regulations governing petitions to remove conditions on permanent residence in which conditional permanent residents (CPR) request a waiver of the joint filing requirement due to battery or extreme cruelty by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouses or parents.
|Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)||Priority: Other Significant|
|RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda||Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage|
|Major: Undetermined||Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined|
|CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103 8 CFR 204 8 CFR 205 8 CFR 213a 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. 1103 8 U.S.C. 1154 8 U.S.C. 1155 8 U.S.C. 1182 8 U.S.C. 1183a 8 U.S.C. 1186 8 U.S.C. 1324a 8 U.S.C. 1225 8 U.S.C. 1255 ...|
Statement of Need:
The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) provides noncitizens who have been abused by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative the ability to independently petition for themselves for immigrant classification without the abuser’s knowledge, consent, or participation in the immigration process. Current VAWA regulations, which were codified to implement the Immigration Act of 1990 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, were published in the Federal Register on May 16, 1991, and March 26, 1996. Subsequently, Congress has reauthorized VAWA through the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 Technical Amendments, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. This rule is necessary to update USCIS regulations to comport with these subsequent reauthorizations of VAWA. The amendments contained in this proposed rule would reflect the subsequent legislative enactments and incorporate current USCIS policy.
Anticipated Costs and Benefits:
DHS is currently considering the specific cost and benefit impacts of the proposed provisions.
|Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined||Government Levels Affected: Undetermined|
|Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes|
|RIN Data Printed in the FR: No|
Chief, Division of Humanitarian Affairs, OP&S
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive,
Camp Springs, MD 20746