My friend entered with her husband illegally. She filed a temporary restraining order but he called the police on her and got her into the removal proceedings. They're both illegal and entered illegally. Our friend, a former ICE agent, says they can't get any relief. We called a few attorneys who said they needed to review the case first before they gave us an answer. We can't afford to pay to have them review the case. Is there anything potentially available even if she entered illegally?
If she was abused by her husband, she could be eligible for a U visa. She has to show that she was a victim, cooperated with the police and suffered substantial mental abuse as a result of the crime. She will also need a waiver due to her illegal entry. It's a complicated process so if she cannot afford an attorney, find a reputable organization in your area that handle such cases.
I recommend you consult with an experienced immigration attorney or nonprofit agency that is able to help. If your friend is in removal proceedings, there is too much at stake for her not to look at every option possible. Based on the facts provided, it is not possible to know if she would be eligible for a U visa. The abuse would have to amount to a qualifying criminal violation and, among other requirements, she would have to be willing to be helpful in the criminal investigation and prosecution of her husband. You can review the eligibility criteria for U visas by going to the USCIS website. Also, each state has a number of nonprofit agencies that may be able to help at a reduced or pro bono fee arrangement, so I recommend you look into those options as well.
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