Travel.State.Gov > U.S. Visas > Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents
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 on their U.S. citizen fiancé(e)s or spouses that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), received from other government agencies during processing of I-129F petitions filed for them.
The U.S. Government created the pamphlet below based on a U.S. law, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (Title D of Public Law 109-162), which reaffirms and strengthens the U.S. Government’s commitment to fight domestic violence and abuse in all forms.
For Visa Applicants in the K-1, K-3, IR-1/CR-1, and F2A categories: Before your visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad, it is important that you carefully read the pamphlet below. In doing so, you will learn about your rights and protections, as well as resources available to you, if help is needed when you come to the United States. During your visa interview, the consular officer will summarize the information in the pamphlet. After reading the pamphlet, keep it handy for quick reference later, as needed.
Note: In preparing for your visa interview, you will also need to make sure you have all required documentation ready including your completed visa application. For more information about these visa categories, check the K-1 Fiancé(e), K-3 Spouse of a U.S. Citizen, IR-1/CR-1 Spouse of a U.S. Citizen, or F category Family-Based Immigrants webpages on this website. For detailed application instructions, check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will apply for your visa.