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  1. Has anyone filed for i360 in the first quarter of 2017. What's your timeline? Or anyone have been approved recently?
  2. Received the attached article from a retired DHS Immigration and Customs Agent. VAWA is necessary to protect immigrant spouses from abusive US sponsor husbands / wives, however, criminally minded immigrants can receive a Green Card by falsely claiming Domestic Violence to USCIS officials when the immigrant self petitions for a Green Card / Change in Status after separation / divorce. Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) is the focal point for Domestic Violence-Related Immigration Fraud; the paper says, "VAWA encourages Immigration Fraud." Male and female Immigrant Spouses are briefed about VAWA before they arrive on a K-1 Fiance Visa. Very alarming article. Beware. VAWA-Funded-Immigration-Fraud (1).pdf
  3. Please help me. I have old deportation order because I missed a interview with immigration I never received the notice about the interview or the deportation. Long story short I got married to my ex husband. He was so abusive I had to leave him and take my son away from him. I file the vawa and was approved he is a American citizen. I hired a lawyer to help me file a motion to reopen my Deportation case and terminate it and then finish my path to with vawa to get my green card. Has anyone experienced a case similar to times. She file the i360 +i485. What is the process time to get a case we reopen? I have Been approved for tps.
  4. Hi. I want some advice from you. I am an international student in Canada and I married without permission of my parents last year. After that I was hit by my husband and he took advantage of me because I had nothing left in this world. He was the only one. I lost my friends and family after a marriage with 37 years age gap. I was 18 and I took everything he said. He even calls me f words and keep abusing emotionally and physically. We got rfe for I 130 and I dont want to be taken advantage of anymore. I am doing my first year Bachelors. I cant go back to my home country as i will be killed ( honour killing). I cant afford to pay international tution. He even cancelled my phone number that i used to look for job from so long. I recorded him once on phone where he admitted hitting me because he was too angry. I am hopeless and homeless. He changed my life from a student who got an article about her in local newspaper when she was 17 to a homeless (very soon) and hopeless (since marriage) person. What should i do.
  5. I am married to a U.S citizen and he is abusing me. I came to the U.S and I got sick and had a major operation and spent one year in a rehab facility. While I was in the rehab I met the most wonderful man. He was sweet, kind, loving, he was just overall amazing and we fell in love. He got released from the rehab about 2 months before I did and when I got out I decided I was gonna rent an apartment and just start fresh because I had lost one year of my life. I was trying to move on from him. Trying to convince myself that what we had was just because we had no other options. But I couldn't and it didn't help that he was calling and texting me non-stop so I decided ok let's just see where this leads. BAM! He asks me to marry him. I was over the moon because I love this man. I told him I wanna do this the right way. I don't want us to move in together until after the ceremony. He said he was so eager to make me his wife we had to get married right away. A few weeks later we were standing in line at the court house, giddy in love and eager to be man and wife. We did it. We got married over a year ago and I moved in. We were happy for the first couple months and then I got a job. He would argue that he couldn't work because of his hip and I was working and acting like I was better than him. I tried to play it down because as this point we're already married and I have no family here so I have nowhere else to go. And he had already filed the I-130. I noticed he started drinking and his sister told me he always drank - this was news to me. The first time he beat me I was shocked and humiliated. I'm a 50 year old woman and I've never before experienced this. I didn't know what to do. Then he would apologize and say he's sorry and do it again a couple days later. I got my work-permit a couple months after we filed and he said he was happy and then that night he beat me because he said I would get a good job and walk around like I was somebody and I was nobody. I went and did a nursing course a couple months after that and on the day of my exam he used his cane to beat me bloody and break one my fingers so I couldn't do the exam. I've called the police countless times. I contacted a lawyer who does VAWA cases for the state and she promised to get the paper work started but up till yesterday when I spoke to her she hadn't started yet because she says they have to meet with me a few more times. I'm writing this from a hospital bed with a brace on my neck and back because he tried to break my back tonight. He says he isn't going to stop until he kills me. What can I do? The VAWA application hasn't started processing and for all I know our interview is being scheduled right now. I can't do this anymore. What can I do? Please help me. He says he will tell them he doesn't know me if we go in to the interview together. I know realistically he can't say that but it just shows that he... At this point I don't even know.
  6. I filed for VAWA case sept. 2016 I received RFE on August 11th 2017, which according to the attorney was very extensive, it asked for evidence on: -Good faith marriage -Good moral character (I already submitted clearance from the sheriff department and affidavits from people in the US, now they require clearance from back home -Egypt) -Evidence on battery/abuse etc -Evidence that we cohabited Attorney from the start of the meeting said very clearly that me, being Muslim, male could be a factor in making my case very unlikely to be approved... With that said, I didn't have enough evidence on good faith marriage other than tons of pictures together and a statement or two from friends, and then my personal statement truthfully explaining the situation. Then the "Egyptian" background clearance thing was practically impossible for me in the time frame (3 months) and I explained that I provided a clearance to the embassy/Department of State before I came to the US which is mandatory thing, being here means I already passed such a check and I didn't leave the states since then. Attorney also attached a copy from a MBA degree that I obtained in the US as part of this segment of RFE response. I provided a letter on counseling sessions that I attended previously and I provided another statement from a psychiatric (extensive evaluation) that said I have concerning level of depression and severe trauma etc I couldn't provide insurance or lease copy but I sent several receipts on the address and a joint bank statement etc I also explained in my statement that the time I spent there was brief and I couldn't stay for too long and preferred homelessness over abuse. I explained that during this short marriage it didn't occur to me to gather evidences on such things because I didn't have all that in mind, I knew about VAWA by coincidence when I was looking for some help in a non profit and they advised me to do that. We sent the RFE response on Nov 2nd 2017, and now the USCIS processing time for Vermont says they are on cases from Sept 2016. Do they process RFEs as a new case, or will it be sooner? and why I have a very bad feeling about that? even the attorney -I can tell she had very little confidence ...
  7. After 14 month of filling I 360, VAWA I got RFE on 6 pages for more additional evidence in 3 chapters: SHARED RESIDENSE; BATTERY OR EXTREME CRUELTY and GOOD FAITH MARRIAGE. Is this almost denial? I don't have police report but I represent 6 Affidavits from my friends and family and USCIS says it is insufficient evidence. Does somebody experienced the same situation? Please, help and I have to answer till March 4th. It takes much time to write and gather again all this affidavits.
  8. After 14 month of filling I 360, VAWA I got RFE on 6 pages for more additional evidence in 3 chapters: SHARED RESIDENSE; BATTERY OR EXTREME CRUELTY and GOOD FAITH MARRIAGE. Is this almost denial? I don't have police report but I represent 6 Affidavits from my friends and family and USCIS says it is insufficient evidence. Does somebody experienced the same situation? Please, help and I have to answer till March 4th. It takes much time to write and gather again all this affidavits.
  9. SORRY THIS WILL BE A LONG POST HOPEFULLY I WILL MAKE AS DETAIL AS POSSIBLE Long story short I had someone help me file my documents for Vawa around May 24th ,2017 we send in i360 & i765 June 5th - i360 : got a receipt notice fee waived june 6th i765: receipt notice for $410 to be pay for my application she mention to me I shouldn't be paying for this application but just lets send the money and they will send it back I send it in June 16th got my receipt notice amount received June 27th received letter for evidence of applications i360 Need: abuser is a Us citizenship that we are living together evidence of abuse moral character letter that marriage in good faith July 26th request for evidence of forms i485 along with forms i765 and copy of the evidence letter by dead inline OCTOBER 21,2017 money was tight took me a little August 22nd send in I485, i131 and a copy of the letter requesting evidence i had mention to her from reading this forum was I to also send in all applications of i485,i131 and i765 together ,she told me it's not need because we already file for the i765 and we just had to send the original letter for evidence so I didnt argue because she been helping people file documents for over some years October 6 receive biometric appointment for October 24th I was thinking finally something looking up REMIND YOU NOW I STILL HAVENT NOT SEND IN MY EVIDENCE MY I360 (Vawa) i have gather this I think is need,I have no police report, but I do have many picture I documented of the abuse,moral character letters,letters from friends and family about the relationship,police clearance, bank staments ect she keep telling me I have time November 24th Decision of i765 denied basically it's saying I didn't send in all the evidence that was required by the expiration date of October 21st and it also indicated that I did file for the i485 on September 11 I don't know what to do it saying the decision may not be appeal but if I think it was incorrect for me to submit form 1-290b with in 33 days of the notice HELP ME SOMEONE PLZ
  10. Hello Can a non us citizen spouse with a B2 tourist visa petition for a green card under the VAWA violence against woman act if the us citizen spouse who resides outside the USA refuses to sponsor the non us citizen spouse for a green card? thanks.
  11. Hi there, I havent been on for a while but an issue came up with a friend of the family. My wife's friend that she met in an advanced English class this year found out this ongoing information and we are trying to help of possible. This site is tremendously helpful so any information is appreciated. OK here it goes.. They were married in Colombia legally in the beginning of 2017. The man is a Colombian who is/has already been a US Citizen an living in the USA, actually in Pa. The woman is a Colombian citizen who has previously and currently holds a tourist visa. In Colombia she was a licensed dentist fyi. After they were married, he visited several times over the year while they were married. In September of this year, she traveled to the US and of course moved in with her husband. They filed an i485 under the classification of 201B INA Spouse of USC and a Work permit in September of this year. She had her fingerprints already. Now the bad stuff kicks in. Evidently he doesnt like being married to her for some reason and started verbally abusing her. Then he decided to only give her 18 dollars a week (dont know the rason of the odd amount) while she is attending school which requires bus rides to and from, lunch, incidentals etc. He doesn't take her shopping for cold weather clothes, he does bring food home. Now he said a couple of weeks ago he is bored and told her she has to leave the house. He won't respond to any questions she presents him. Now a few days ago he wants her out because he cant afford the rent. (He is a licensed employed engineer)Took her phone away. He says he wont give $$ to allow her to fly back Colombia. He is getting more aggressive. She stays in her bedroom alone. The spouse did find out from his mother that he is bipolar and refuses to take prescribed meds. These are pretty much the broad strokes so I have a bunch of questions obviously that are from me and from her as well. Honestly I never met the man but I know the woman. She still tries to care for him, cooking, cleaning, etc. I know she hopes he will change but I'm pretty sure that isn't going to happen. Her tourist stay has now expired a few days ago but the application is in in far advance of the expiration date Is she protected any way as a spouse to get kicked out of the married home with the recent situation, she cant work yet, has no family or close family here? Is her legally bound to support her? If she can go back to Colombia on her own, evidently the Green Card application goes away but will she automatically loose the tourist visa? Did even coming here on a tourist visa screw this whole thing up? Can the husband cancel the application if she doesnt agree? If he can, can she apply on her own due to circumstances? (Form i360?) Will pursuing VAWA help her in any way. Solutions, ideas, real advice is appreciated.
  12. Hi everyone. I am 22 years old. I came to the US on Nov 14 2015. So here is the case My mom is a K1. She has me and my brother K2. My bd is Sept 13,95 and my Bro is way under 21 so I won’t mention ab him. The thing is my mom and my stepfather got married within 30 days of the married license. I don’t remember if it was within 30 or 60 but everything was done. My family have everything ready and we had letter to uscis for interview. However my mom was mentally abused by her husband. She didn’t know that those things her husband said was mentally abusing her. She couldn’t take it anymore because he kept threatening us he will file divorce and make them deport us. We were so scared although we didn’t do anything’s wrong to him. So anyway that day we was having an interview at uscis. He said with the officer he doesn’t want to petition us anymore and he will get divorce blah blah. The officer said the green cards for my family were approved and wonder if he still wants to petition us but he said he would want it canceled 😢. My mom talked to the officer alone and tell him how she was treated and how he talked ab her make her feel stupid. (Of course at that time she had her evidence on her viber but now she lost it because viber keeps updating and erases the old messages) so she lived in confidental house. Has someone help her with our case which is VAWA. The person from the shelter helps us send the new files now to uscis before i turn 21. But then uscis return our files and said we need to sign again. Then we signed again and submitted it after i turn 21. This week they receive mails from uscis saying that they need more evidence ab the abusing, ab the marriage was the a fraud and something else. Although she lost her messages as evidence, we have people who can prove that hers was a good faith marriage. Ok now is my part I m dating and living with my current boyfriend who is a usc. We have been living with each other for more than 1 y and a haft. We want to get married but put me in the situation above with my case status. I don’t know if I get married I can adjust the status or not. Can you help me it s urgent. My employment card expires March 2018 so please please help me with my super complicated case?
  13. Hello everyone. With a heavy heart, I appeal to you for any help I can get right now. Since my previous post on here, so much has happened. The long and short of it is, I, against my better judgement moved back in with my husband. Amongst other things, I wanted to know that I've given the marriage my best shot. He was the man of my dreams and I wanted to leave no stone unturned. we had been in contact the entire 2 weeks I was gone but he didn't know where I was staying. I felt somewhat safe to be around him again. We went out to eat a couple of times and Hung out at the house before I officially moved back in. The yelling and the screaming started right back 2days after my return. I won't dwell on that for now but as of recently, there has been so much peace in the home! I felt like I have my husband back. He had made me sign divorce papers when he was angry and forced me to sign them asap. Which I ended up doing because I wanted peace. He says he never submitted the papers. That doesn't mean he hasn't. Lately, we have been getting along. I even let my guard down. This morning, I received a notice from usps about mail on the way. Some of it was from uscis. I tell you, I was crying on my way to work with excitement that I was finally going to receive my green card and would be able to visit my family back home after all these years. I came home to find the mail and it's a DENIAL! Apparently my husband had sent a letter withdrawing the i864 or financial support commitment he made when we filed. I am devastated. I didn't see this coming! He and I talk all the time. He never mentioned this to me. According to the denial letter, attached to this post, I have to leave the country asap and my work permit has been revoked. Sad thing is, I was working on getting my ead renewed because the green card had taken so long to be approved. Throughout the marriage, I have considered VAWA, the ladies from domestic hotline suggested it. I Didn't pursue the idea because, how do you prove emotional and verbal abuse? I've been in the US for more than 4 years. First year was B2 visa. I was out of status when I met my husband. I would like to stay in the country legally. What steps, if any, could I take to pursue that route? I have very limited funds and don't have thousands for legal fees. Is there anything I can do on my own to fix the situation? Husband apologizes for taking this drastic step and tells me he would reverse it if he could. He is willing to pay a lawyer for us to file aos all over again. (Just because he says all this, doesn't mean he means it) Please guys, can you help me. I appreciate all of you for taking the time to read and offer any help. TLDR: US citizen husband revoked i864/ financial support document, which caused my i485, AOS application to be denied. Please advise on how to move forward. Thanks Thanks again everyone
  14. Hi , i came here 2004 lived here illegally, I have married to us citizen last year ,I have lived with her for six months while living together she abused me lot then I filed my vawa and 485 concurrently , I got my work permit but my lawyer didn't apply for travel document that time but my mom passed away last month I haven't seen her for 13 years . She is gone every day I cant even sleep since she passed away now my lawyer applied for advanced parole can I travel and comeback I have to do some religious things to my mom in back home.
  15. Hi, My husband applied for me and I got my working and traveling permit but before the first interview I started my divorce because I got tired about his threatening related to my immigration process. I couldn't resist his physical and emotional abuse anymore. I know I should have waited after my first interview but I feel very relieved he doesn't have any power on me now. I went to the interview alone and I told the officer everything I have been through. He even tried to kill my dog. It was a nightmare. Now Im sorprised because they sent me a letter asking me for my divorce decree when I was expecting a denial. Does anyone knows what it means? On the other hand, I'm preparing my case to apply for VAWA without a Lawyer. I have my medical evaluation that was submitted with my previous petition. Should I submit another? I have a copy but I understand that must be the original in an sealed envelope. I was 7 months ago, it's still valid I guess.
  16. Vawa Aprovals August 2016???

    anyone approved from august 20016??im still waiting going on 1 year now??????
  18. how can I request an infopass to check the status on my case ...what do they ask for? and what exactly is an info pass?????
  19. Hey guys, is anyone aware of the excuses that can be used to file for VAWA? I friend of my friend was married for a guy, USC, for over a year, then in the middle of the marriage he started cheating on her and abusing her, then she told him that she is leaving, he filed for a divorce and then a few months later he died, crashed on purpose. She has been really bad lately but my friend is trying to help her apply for VAWA, is there a way to get a 2 year rule excused?
  20. Hello all, I am a I 751 abuse waiver applicant. Can I apply for victim compensation? I was diagnosed by PTSD and need to go through therapy sessions. I do not have insurance as my spouse canceled it. So, my therapist suggested me to apply for Victim compensation program. My question is can I eligible to apply for that? Taking help from Government will be a remark for my immigration file? Will that be a reason to deny my PR application? Please help, if anyone have any idea about this. Thanks
  21. I have question for you guys. I'm filing for vawa petition and I was wondering, what happens to the abuser after filing for the petition? Does it affect their record like background check or smiliar? Thank you!
  22. I been waiting since last August anyone in the same situation?????any help still waiting................... my Name Was Updated On August 10, 2016, we updated your name for your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status, Receipt Number Fees Were Waived On August 8, 2016, we received your case and waived the filing fee for your Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant , Receipt Number
  23. Can a spouse of a TPS holder apply for VAWA? Also if she can can she still do it if they are divorced but the harassment and abuse continue after divorce? Thanks
  24. Hello everyone, I am not sure if its the right forum to post. Long story short. I came to houston with a K1 visa last year in November. I got married to my fiancee and we submitted all the paperwork for my EAD and GC. When i finally got here i realized that my fiancee was a different person he started abusing me, he would humiliate me every day and even beat me up. He blocked all the phones so that my other couldn't call me from my country. Finally one day i called the police i got a report and they took him to jail for 2 days, his brother took me to the homeless shelter and left me there for 2 days or more. After that they allowed me to gen back in the house but the abuse continued. Then he started cheating on me which i found out a month later when started taking care of the bills and his credit cards cause he went to jail because of a third DWI which is his second felony. Even from jail he was still controlling me, calling every single day and anytime even during work. I finally left the house cause i did not deserve to pay for all the debt that he left wich was 8000 just for credit cards plus his truck and cellphone. The people from the shelter told me to apply for vawa with any of the free legal assistance places to get my GC on my own Because for sure his family is doing everything to process or divorce. Would i still be eligible for VAWA ? I would love to get more information on this. any experiences from anybody would be helpful please. Currently i have my EAD and the the I 485 is still pending but since were not together is the best idea to apply for VAWA?
  25. Good day to everybody! Thank you so much for taking some time to read this post and help me out. I will appreciate it so much. I will make a good contextualization, so you may understand better I am in a crazy situation and I would like to ask for advise. On December 2015 I traveled to United States with a K1 Visa. I got married with my fiancé one day after my 90 day period be done, however, 15 days later I came back to my country. The reason why I decided to come back to my country was not good at all. When I was in the United States I was victim of many kind of abuse that I even do not want to remember: emotional abuse (my fiancé called me names all the time, sometimes was 'playing' like he would punch me, I had to write down what I was doing each hour and I could not move out of the house because people could 'kidnap me'); financial abuse (I did not have money and he did not provide an allowance to me); sexual abuse (I even could not do control birth and as result of that I got pregnant). I could not communicate with people: I had an old phone that barely worked to chat with my family, I did not want to tell them what was going on to do not make them feel bad, anyways they could not do nothing for me. My fiancé removed the land line and set passwords in all his devices with the objective of not allowing me make use of them. For me was forbidden talking to people outside, because if I do was because I was thinking on being unfaithful. My fiancé used to humiliate me buying me a ticket to come back to my country. He did it several times. But one day I could take that ticket. My fiancé left me in the house alone, he did not know that in secret I was going to a Christian Church, the Pastor of that Church helped me out to get in the airport. I escaped to my home. Once in home, I discovered I was pregnant, it was so devastating to me. I talked to my fiancé again, I was needing his economical support since I was alone, with no job and really sick. He took it as an opportunity to keep his emotional abuse. Even he visited me and pushed me against a wall, he knew I was pregnant back then. I started to fell in depression and because that I lost the baby. However, I was not feeling good at all, my spirit was broken and I stayed some time with my 'husband' in long distance relationship. He wanted to control me in the distance, and he set on my phone applications to control what I was having in there, also an application to see in real time what I was doing, was pretending to install cameras in my house to see what I was doing, and of course, closed my social accounts and took the passwords of each account I had. I got tired of it how was logic, and decide to break up with him and move on with my life. However here is my big issue, ¿how to divorce him? He is pretty much making fun of me because he says I do not have a Visa to come in to United States and I do not have money neither, which is true. But I want to get divorce, and I will for the right reasons: he was giving me a cruel treatment. I documented some of this mistreatment when I was on United States. However my fiancé deleted all of them when he catch it. I have documented some of the stuff he said to me when I get back... I have a very long list of conversations, videos and voice recordings to support what I say -I did not record him, the program he installed to spy on me did it, I only discovered it-. I want to divorce him for his mistreatment for one single reason: if his first wife would talk to me about this, I never would have fell on this scam. Obviously I would not had to live all what I did and dealing with the loss of my baby. I do not want any other women experience all the soul pain I felt. I do not want to be coward anymore, I was enough already by putting up in silence with his mistreatment and acting like losing my baby did not break my heart. Please guys, if any of you has a good recommendation of what I should do and which are my chances to be successful with this, I will listen with the mind open. I am not looking for Visa benefits -I do not want to ever go back to States, at least t has to be to a court- or money arrangements neither, I just want justice, I want people recognize that I never have been crazy, that I had reasons to leave and stay away from the 'gentleman' that people from outside see on my 'husband'. My punctual questions are, can I request divorce for cruel treatment even if I only can prove the mistreatment when I arrived back to my country? And second, how could I initiate the process when I am overseas with no permission to come in to United States and no idea about how to get a lawyer that does not charge so much? By the way, the mistreatment started once I arrived to United States and continued after getting back. Thank you so much for Reading. I will appreciate your help.