The Fiance Visa and Domestic Violence Convictions

August 28, 2013 in Attorney Blog

I recently started working on a fiance visa case in which the American petitioner has multiple domestic violence convictions. Under IMBRA the petitioner is required to disclose these convictions to the USCIS and provide the USCIS with certified court and police records related to the domestic violence crimes. Furthermore, IMBRA requires that the embassy abroad inform this petitioner’s fiancee of his criminal convictions.

I have considerable experience in dealing with fiance visa cases in which the American petitioner has a criminal record. Generally, the USCIS is most concerned with ensuring disclosure of the criminal record. In practice, the USCIS typically will approve these cases so long as the petitioner is fully cooperative with disclosure.