Interoffice Memorandum: Eligibility to Self-Petition as a Battered Spouse or Child of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident within Two Years of the Abuser's Loss of Status; Revisions to Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 21.14(q) (AFM Update AD05-12) [open pdf - 76KB]
"This memorandum provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in the field regarding amendments made to the self-petitioning provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act) by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA), Pub. L. 106-386. Title V of the VTVPA is entitled the Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act (BIWPA), and contains several provisions amending the self-petitioning eligibility requirements contained in the Act. This guidance concerns the change in the self-petitioning eligibility requirements regarding the effect of an abuser's loss of immigration status prior to the filing of and following the approval of a self-petition."
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/