IMBRA: Types of Crimes the USCIS Wants to Know


The International Marriage Broker Regulation (“IMBRA”) identifies certain crimes which may limit U.S. petitioners seeking to apply for a K-1 fiancee visa. IMBRA provides that a U.S. petitioner of a K nonimmigrant visa for an alien fiancé must submit with his K-1 visa petition information on any criminal convictions for any of the following “specified crimes”:

  • Domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, dating violence, elder abuse, and stalking.
  • Homicide, murder, manslaughter, rape, abusive sexual contact, sexual exploitation, incest, torture, trafficking, peonage, holding hostage, involuntary servitude, slave trade, kidnapping, abduction, unlawful criminal restraint, false imprisonment, or an attempt to commit any of these crimes.
  • Crimes relating to a controlled substance or alcohol where the petitioner has been convicted on at least three occasions and where such crimes did not arise from a single act.

Whether an individual’s past convictions would fall under the above specified crimes is a determination that should be evaluated by an immigration attorney. For assistance, contact us for a free consultation.

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