Petition the State if your US citizen/ green card holding spouse abuses or abandons you.
United States law permits you to make an immigrant visa petition if you are abused or abandoned by your husband who is a US citizen or permanent resident (green card holder). The petition has to be made by the survivor. The filing is done under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It is processed without notifying the abusive husband to ensure the safety and independence of the survivor.
There are some eligibility factors which are explained in the Government website. See https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/battered-spouse-children-parents
The outcome of the petition could be permission to work in the United States as also a green card regularizing the survivor’s status.
For survivors who find it difficult to grapple with forms and legalese, professional support in making the petition would be a good idea. You are welcome to call ASHA to guide you to the right support.
Separated from your abuser husband? Declare your tax independently.
To claim premium tax credits, a married couple is required to file a joint tax return. However, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) facilitates women separated from their abuser husbands or abandoned by them, allowing these survivors to file returns separately. The survivor taxpayer needs to file a ‘married-filing-separately tax return’ if she (i) is living apart from her spouse at the time of filing the return, (ii) is unable to file a joint return because of the domestic violence or abandonment situation, and (iii) attests on her tax return that she qualified for this domestic violence exception.
This Act, which was introduced in 2014, is virtually unchanged in 2017.