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  1. Hi everyone, I filed i360 and submitted it on March 31 2017 through a charity lawyer. I haven't heard from her since then, still waiting for news on my receipt number. Anyone else going through anxiety of waiting?
  2. Hey everyone here , I'm new to this forum . I apply vawa oct2016 and get my EAD dec2016 . My question is can I file no fault divorce even I apply for vawa under mental abuse
  3. Hello Everyone, The beginning of my green cad journey start under another thread named CONCURRENT FILING OF I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131. I am going through a long process to be a resident. My story is a little complicated as I was on a F-1 visa when I met my boyfriend. We got married a year after dating. When we were just boyfriend and girlfriend, He got physical 2 times as he is an extreme jealous and possessive type guy. He broke my first computer during one of those fight I had with him at that time. Since I was madly in love with him and I am still in love with him even if we are separated right now but not legally yet, I would always forgive him when he come back to me apologizing. I thought I could help him manage his temper overtime but ladies, that is a huge mistake, you can never change a person who is violent in nature .After our marriage he kept abusing me physically until the day I had enough and had to call the police to report the abuse. He tried to choke me with a baseball bat and punched me several time, I ran outside and ask borrow a phone from a stranger to call the cops. He fled the house when the police came otherwise they would arrest his ###. I got a restraining order against him but did not press criminal charges. As my husband is a USC, I am eligible to file the I-485 and I-765 simultaneously with I-360 application under C09 category. However I chose to do it after I received a Prima Facie as I need to redo my physical since the first I-485 I filed under my husband sponsorship was revoked. For those who can relate, I did not need a lawyer and here is my VAWA experience: Useful VAWA step by step guidelines I used are attached to this thread: - Document gathering for_self-petitioning under the violence against women_ act.pdf - VAWA frequently asked questions - Applications for immigration status under the violence against women act - What to expect once the Vawa Case is filed ( file too big not attached , google it) - USCIS Website downloads forms along with their instruction. I-360 PACKAGE SENT ON 08/27/2015 REGULAR MAIL: 09/03/2015: USCIS received package and sent I-797C Contents:  Form I-360, Self-Petition for Battered Spouse: - A declaration in support of I-360 ( see example in attached document) Good Faith Marriage and residence with the abuser - A collage of photographs of our wedding and others picture - Marriage Certificate - My Husband Birth Certificate - A Copy of joint lease - Joint Bank account statement and utility bills - Health insurance statement to show that my husband is my dependant - Join Income Tax Return Prove of Abuse - Court Retraining order - Police report of abuse Good Moral of Character - Local police clearance $10.00 - Self affidavit letter for Good Moral of Character 09-15/ 2015: Establishment of PRIMA FACIE CASE valid for 180 days VAWA BASED ADJUSTEMENT OF STATUS: I-485 and I-765 sent on 11/18/2015 EXPRESS DELIVERY 11/24/2015: USCIS received package and sent I-797C Contents:  I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status - I-485: Application to adjust status C09 category - Letter to request USCIS to join this application with the pending I-360 - Copy of my passport (biographical page) - Copy of my Electronic I-94 - My birth certificate with English translation - G-325A: signed by principal beneficiary - I-693 (original document in a sealed envelope) - 2 passport-type photos  I-912: Request for Fee Waiver – Evidence of financial hardship - Copy of joint Lease - Monthly utility / Phone bills and payments - Statement of loss of employment as of 10/16/2015 from my employer - Earning statement of loss wages - Statement for credit card debts - Payment receipts for medical expenses - Miscellaneous expenses  I-765 Application to renew Employment authorization - Copy of previous EAD card - G-1145 E-notification of application 11/29/2015: I received I-797C that I-912 is approved and fees were waived for I-485 and I-765. 12/05/2015: Received Biometrics letter 12/22/2015: Biometrics done 12/31/2016: Sent a letter to request to withdraw I-290B motion to reopen a denied previously filed I-485 under my husband sponsorship. 01/28/2016: Received approval notice for Employment Authorization 01/28/2016: Went back on work as I was on leave of absence without pay 02/03/2016: Received EAD CARD 02/11/2016: RFE for a criminal clearance from France and a self affidavit letter for Good Moral of Character as I was living within the 3 years prior of me filing I-360. 02/29/2016: Received letter stating that Request to withdraw I290B was processed 03/08/2016: Sent over to USCIS: - Original copy of national criminal history clearance from France - A Certified copy translated in English 03/16/2016: Received a text and email notification that response to Request for Evidence for your Form I360 was received 03/17/2016: Sent a letter requesting extension of Prima Facie Establishment case (See template in what to expect once the VAWA case is filed) I will keep you posted . VAWA Frequently Asked Questions 2010 11 - Copy.pdf Applications for Immigration Status under the Violence Against Women Act-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf document_gathering_for_self-petitioning_under_the_violence_against_women_act-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf
  4. Good morning everyone. I’m applying for citizenship using the three year rule based on VAWA. In 3 weeks I will be able to submit the n-400 I’m doing everything myself and wanted some feedback from you guys. I’m currently working on the cover letter. I know in the cover letter I need to explain the three year rule and attach the 89 Memo . I have a record, do i need to explain in a separate letter? Do i have to submit evidence of the marriage? Could anyone share their timeline? Or maybe their cover letter? I can’t afford a lawyer and I’m nervous I’m going to miss something.
  5. Good luck everyone, hope we all get green . apply my vawa on 25th sep , Did my bio metric 22th oct recieved my EAD 17th dec 2016.
  6. Hi team I sumbmitted vawa on february 13 2017 and receive noticed of action february 27 2017 up till now i have not heard from the uscis. What is the next step. Thanks
  7. 2016/04/20 Submit my I-360 but put the wrong address. Never received Notice of Action. Don't have the receipt number 2016/05/19 Departed from US to Hongkong 2016/06/02 Entered US 2016/06/14 Submitted the request of receipt number and the request of changing address letter to USCIS. No reply. 2016/12/20 Submitted my I-485, I-131, I-765 My daughter (19 years old)’s I-485, I-131 Request to put these forms to my former I-360 form packages. 2017/01/07 departed US 2017/02/15 Got the Notice of Action of I-485, I-131, I-765 (all fee waived) 2017/03/03 Entered US using B2 visa I knew I shouldnt depart, but my situation was very emergent cuz I did not have money. Now I have several questions: I never receive any notification about my I-360 case. Is that possible that USCIS never review my case? My daughter and I submitted I-485, I-131, I-765 to USCIS and ask them If these forms can join in the i-360 former case. and they got the Notice of Action. Is that mean USCIS successful find my i-360 case and put the forms together? I departed and entered US without advance parole but my daughter did not. I need to resubmit I485 but does my daughter need to? Thank you!!!!!!
  8. -Filed i-360 in December 2014. Petition is marriage based -Received an RFE in June 2015 which i Responded to . -I checked the website they stated that they received my documents and will be processed soon. -It is now 2017, and i haven't received any decision from them. THINGS TO NOTE: -i am using an attorney -We only filed the i-360 petition nothing else. The reasoning behind was that once we get a decision on the i-360 we can proceed to file everything else like the 1-485 and i-130 - I haven't worked in those 2 years since i don't have a work permit and my drivers' licence has long expired. I just wanted to know if this is normal or if someone has experienced such a lengthy wait time?
  9. enter usa 2 time got visit visa for 6 months apllied for green card on basis of marriage got ead card for 1 year total i have satayed is 10 months never lived illegally i am planning to file vawa from out side usa. can i do it ? the prof i have is wedding album,marriage certificate, water bill on joint name,my doctors s prescription,and its bill from medical store,for 1 year,her pictures with her boy friends, how likely i would get vawa approved ? out of 100%, i wanted check if she did filed for divorce. i orderd on vital records and got no refrance to divorce.
  10. Hi All , Filed i 360, i485, i 765 (c 31)category by mistake ,together October 2016 received prima facie after that now 3 months no updates. should i again file in new category of (c 9) as AOS is pending but others say it will again start from day 1 ,, Is there anyone who can update me on this.Help me
  11. Hi everyone I still get emails from the forum and read them when I can. I don't know what number vawa thread I'm in since I wrote back in 2013. We'll my case took approximately 6 months to process from first filing to getting my GC. I enlisted in the military and became a citizen a year later 2014. Anyway I'm just here to tell you guys to keep your hopes alive and all will be well. My daughter's dad physically abused me while I was pregnant. My daughter and I living great. We are doing very well. I heard he is homeless now and has never been current on his child support. Ladies and gentlemen anything is possible. I cried so hard when I was swearing in for my citizenship because I did know that day would come when my once undocumented butt would get a GC let alone became a citizen but I did everything right except marrying the wrong guy. Hope everyone get some good news soon ?
  12. I have a green card based on vawa and i will be eligible for citizenship in a couple of months. what kind of documents do I need to provide with my application?
  13. Hello all, i have been a member of this group for a while, though i have not been participating actively, but i do follow most topics every now and then. I moved here in 2012, after being married to my USC spouse for almost 2 years. We had a baby 2 years later, but we later separated , when baby was barely 6 weeks old. This was her decision, all efforts too get her to reconcile with me was unsuccessful and she filed for divorce a few months later. I really dont want to go into to much details here, but due to the nature of our separation and also because our divorce was not final , when it was time to remove my conditional 2 year GC, i ticked the 3 options, including VAWA. i did not get an interview until Feb 2016 and till today i have no heard a word from USCIS. Just to let you know, though my ex has since remarried, our separation was very messy, as i mentioned before, i really don want to bog you all with too many details, but she attempted to remove me from the country, by filing several bogus criminal charges and calling ICE and DHS several times. Her communication was revealed to me during the interview. During our numerous court appearances , she also accused me of marriage fraud. Well fast forward 2017, i have been cleared of all criminal charges, i have since expunged all traces of criminal complicity in order to enable me get a job, We have joint custody of our child , whom i see 2 times a week,including biweekly weekend visits, though i pay child support and have never defaulted. When my divorce was final, i sent in my divorce certificate and i thought my application will be taken away from vawa and moved to separation due to divorce, but i was wrong. Since my ex was in touch with USCIS and wrote bogus letters accusing me of every thing in living day light, from theft, to rape to fraud, though i am an accomplished professional, i am of the opinion that my 10 year GC is being delayed because i am currently under investigation. I have written , called and tried all efforts to communicate with USCIS, but i keep being told that due to nature of my case, they cannot respond to me directly. Its been more than 2 years and by the end of this year, i will be due to file my citizenship. I will like to request advice from learned members on what my next steps and options are. I cant afford an attorney at the moment and i cherish the bond between me and my daughter, so leaving the country may not be an option. Thanks.
  14. Hi, I know someone who is in an abusive marriage and needs help, and I need to know the best way to help her out. She is an orphan from Pakistan and her relatives had her married to a man in the United States. They had a wedding in Pakistan, and then her in-laws had her file a Fiance Visa to come to the US (I know the Fiance Visa is not the right visa here - getting the other person on the wrong visa and making them lie to immigration is something abusers commonly do to have control over the person.) Her husband and his whole family were very abusive towards her, both physically and emotionally. Her Fiance Visa's 90 days have expired and they did not file for her. We can't call or message her because they keep a tab on her 24/7 and she is not allowed to leave the house. She does not even know the address she is at. She reached out to me and called me on Facebook because I have been involved in such cases before, but asked me to not message her back because she would be in trouble if her in-laws found out. Currently, her in-laws are planning to send her back to Pakistan. We want to help her get out of the situation and get her legal representation or into a domestic violence shelter. Based on your knowledge and experience, what are our options to get her out of this situation and get her legal help? I know she can get a lot of help and adjustment of status through VAWA, but the problem one is getting her out of the situation first. Following are a few suggestions I have: - What happens if we find out her address and involve the police? Does the fact that she doesn't have legal status anymore affect the police's ability to help her out? - What if we book her a flight to our city (Dallas) on the same day her in-laws plan to send her back? She can simply board the local flight instead of the international one and we can find her help, domestic violence shelter and legal representation here. Would she have any problem getting the flight given that her visa has expired? - What if she straight up goes to the authorities when she enters the airport to depart for Paksitan and simply tells them all that has happened and that she wishes to stay and get legal help? Given your knowledge of the immigration law, process for people who overstayed visas (even though not deliberately), and Adjustment of Status through VAWA, what would you suggest?
  15. Hello I need assistance with the recent passing away of my abusive husband while I was abroad and how to exercise my legal rights regarding the whereabouts of his belongings and ashes. Also how to go about obtaining his death certificate to start my VAWA case. My case goes like this: We got together while I was visiting friends in the midwest back in 2012. We started a romance and serious relationship and eventually I went back on my tourist visa before it expired. So we decided to meet again at my country of origin and live there and travel together during six months before his tourist visa expired. He (born citizen) eventually went back to the U.S. and waited for me to meet with him there a few months later. We got married on a whim even though we didn't plan out on me immigrating but he thought it was fine to do so. Later on that day I found out it was rather risky to do that since it meant I could lose my tourist visa privileges and would most definitely need a sponsor apart from my husband from then on. Basically after the impromptu wedding he became mentally and physically aggressive and erratic due his mental illness and many things triggered him that I had no idea about. It was very hard for me to get away from him as he and his family were controlling/manipulative and it came to a point where I had no money since I couldn't work without a work permit, etc. Two years and a half went by and I managed to escape him; fully knowing that it would make it very hard for me to sort my visa due to my overstaying more than 2 years. I brought as many pertaining documents of his and our relationship (marriage certificate included) as I could and have many witnesses on my side. So recently I heard the news of his passing away. Heavy grieving aside, it's increasingly clear that his family and friends do not think I have any rights over his belongings and his ashes. I've been trying to contact them but they just ignore me, outright tell me I have no say over any matter or feed me lies to get me out of the way. I want to know if I can exercise my rights as a widow of a U.S. citizen even as no paperwork has been filed due to 'extreme cruelty' on their part. Can they overpower my rights being as I'm not able to be physically there? Thank you for your time, -Olivia
  16. Hello, My sister-in-law is in an emotionally abusive relationship. She and her daughter are O-3 Visa holders while the husband of course is O-1. I believe they filed for I-485 as they already received their EAD and are waiting for the—what I assume is—the AOS approval. I read the information on this FAQ page but it only talks about K-1 visa holders. In any case, sister-in-law wants to divorce (they were already separated once for a few months) and is not only worried about the child custody but also her residency. Would a divorce affect the pending AOS decision at all? Also, if the AOS is rejected (for any reason, related or unrelated to divorce) are they immediately out of status or is their I-94 what determines this? Thanks.
  17. Greetings Everyone! I am a non-immigrant male, that came here to the United States, on a F1 Student Visa. Upon completing my OPT, I was sponsored for an H1b work visa. Met my wife in 2011. Were friends for 3 years as she was dating someone else at the time. When she broke up with her ex, we started dating in 2014, and after 1 year, we got married on Oct 1st, 2015. After she moved in with me, came to realize she was taking anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium because she said she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. I thought nothing of it since I am not knowledgeable on mental health and anti-anxiety medication. Long story short, she is apparently addicted to the pills, to the point where she has threatened me that if I don't help her to gain access to more pills, she will not show up to my green card interview. She has attempted to inflict pain on herself by cutting her wrists so as to make me afraid and make me feel guilty that she is suicidal because I as a husband have not met to her demands of helping gain pills illegally (buying them on the streets from a dealer). She has drawn money out of our bank account to go get the pills herself. I have suffered PTSD and depression from this whole ordeal as I did not realize that I married someone who became a drug addict to the point where they were affecting my well-being. I have seen a psychologist and sought therapy sessions because I am going through a rough time. Meanwhile, I discussed this issue with my lawyer and he said to file a VAWA petition. And given that the lawyer represents the petitioner, my wife, he said he could not represent me because of "conflict of interest". Thus, I consulted with another immigration attorney, who happened to be a woman, and she said I had a weak case simply because I am male, and immigration officers tend to attend to more women-based acts of cruelty than men. She also said that my wife is simply a victim of drug addiction, and she does intentionally mean to harm me, but more so, she just takes it out on me. I argued, the same can be said of an alcoholic man who abuses his wife while drunk. No one says he's a victim of alcohol abuse, and thus, he didn't intentionally mean to harm his wife. So the lawyer says to fix my marriage, and just go to the marriage interview and suck it up. Well, I want to go to the interview, as my wife and I did have a "bonafide marriage", but how do I know she's not going to go through her mood swings, or decide not to show up last minute to the interview? How do I know she won't stumble on simple questions asked of her? I am living in fear and torment right now as I don't know what I should do. My friends said that the female lawyer was being sexist, and seems like she is just holding a bias opinion. I am open to thoughts from the public here on what your opinions and advice are. I appreciate some feedback. My VAWA file so far: 1. Proof of bonafide marriage: marriage certificate, wedding photos, dating photos, photos from trips, joint auto-insurance, driver's license under same address, joint bank account, joint tax return, joint Roth IRA, joint COSTCO membership, affadavit letters from her dad, friends, my brother. 2. Proof of living together: letter from landlord, lease agreement, and joint renter's insurance with our address listed. 3. Good Moral Character: Police report from department that clears me. 4. Personal declaration letter: I outline how our relationship developed, why we married, how was living together, how the abuse started, what were the forms of abuse, and how I felt. Discussed my good moral character (volunteer work with children after-school tutoring). 5. Witness affadavits: my brother, friend. 6. Psychologist report outlining my emotional abuse and that I am diagnosed with PTSD and depression. Therapist sessions transcripts.
  18. I am in china now, and my DV case is pending in Fort worth Texas. My situation and bearings: I (victim) was forced into criminal behavior by abuser and then my wife and her family alleged me for DV. I was Alone there. social isolated : they broken my phone sexual exploitation. ECONOMIC AND EMPLOYMENT RELATED ABUSE IMMIGRATION-RELATED ABUSE Through open harassment, the abuser publicly demonstrates his control over the victim. Harassment can humiliate a victim by portraying her as weak and subordinate. Public humiliation may also be a culturally based form of extreme cruelty, particularly among cultural groups that highly value privacy. As i have DV ticket ( in hurry, as i was feared) on me as my wife and her parents alleged me for violence. I paid the ticket online (under my chienese friend pressure as i was unaware about meaning of paying) that but i have to appear in the court on 16th dec to contest. I have below queries, If anybody can help, It will be great. OR do we have any Criminal Attorney who can guide me well in this difficult time. I have below options , which i have summarized.. Contest> As its my first DV case and i have 30 years of clear history without any crime, I should not bother too much and I have to present my character certificates and police verification, is that can be fine to convince the judge that I did everything in my Defence. or any other good proof to make my side stronger. contest > if i come , I feel unsafe ,while landing in USA and then can resolve that issue. Can i have restraining or protective orders before DV court appearance. contest > how can i get free legal help and shelter help. contest > can this will continue in multiple trials in front of jury contest > will...witness be there or not during my appearance. contest > how the trial will proceed.: Single day close or multiple days contest > What is the maximum punishment in this case...Can it be raised to ( Class B, A felony ) IF THEY PUT MORE CHARGES ON ME. contest> what are the various evidence (proof) can be allowed to prove that I am the real victim and they abused me. like affidavits, recordings or doctor reports etc. contest > How i can remove charges that from putting into my records. contest > what is the guarantee that they have not any other case on me, can we check from anywhere about my arrest warrant on my. I fear i may be arrested on airport. contest > also if my VAWA is approved, will my DV ticket automatically cleared after my appearance. contest > is there any free service or NGO or Human right protection group who can help me financially. contest > what if my wife withdraws immigration papers and i am inadmissible in USA. can i come USA on my visitor visa to contest the case and then file VAWA. NO Contest > what if I say i dont want to contest due to my inablity to come I admissible..Will it go to my records or Arrest warrant plead guilty > does Class C misdemonr or plead guilty will impact my VAWA application. paid but not stated .What if i don't go back to USA to appear in the court as I have already paid online the DV ticket paid but not stated plead guilty> What reason to give i have paid the ticket....but my written statement is pending. paid but not stated plead guilty> I have already paid the ticket , but not appeared in court, does it go into my records...if not , then can file VAWA now before DV case resolution. Extension > how many months we can extend. Extension > how many times we can extend.
  19. Hello All, I was married to a US Citizen & divorced in March 2015, I was officially married for almost 1.5 years with a kid from my Ex who is 1 years old & is a US Citizen living with my Ex in USA, and I filed for VAWA in August 2015, and currently I am out of USA, waiting on my Application to get approved, what are my chances of getting Approval? So far, I have not received any Acknowledgement from USCIS for my Application. Looking forward to hear from you.
  20. Hello, all. This is a variant of a question posted originally on Yahoo! Answers, but I did not seem to receive any constructive responses. I had to revise the entire thing to include more detail. I am currently 23 years old (born May 12, 1992) and residing in the country of my birth at the time of this writing. I first visited the United States of America at the age of 2 years old, in order to live with my uncle (ex-army) and maternal aunt (who is also from this same country, but married said uncle and decided to live with him in the US). Ever since then, I've come and gone several times, and have actually attended school in the US. I started and completed high school there, as well (May 2010). I was able to live to extend my stay because I was adopted by them in 2005. The last time I flew there was April of 2004, and I returned to my birth country in September of 2012 (at age 20). I left because I was subjected to abusive, neglectful behavior from that same uncle and aunt...especially during the 8 years I mentioned above; they would threaten me with deportation (among other acts) whenever I did something they did not approve of. My grandmother, ever supportive, was a witness to various acts of theirs during her various visits to the United States. I was reluctant to seek the authorities because I am not a US citizen, my travel documents (visa and passport) expired during my last visit, and I feared deportation without the possibility of ever returning. I used a Travel Document (as shown here: in order to have a hassle-free passage. On top of that, I have had a spinal condition that was visually noticeable for the past 7 years (since I was 16)...which was diagnosed in 2012 as scoliosis (a consequence due to the aforementioned neglect and abuse) by a doctor from my birth country, since I was only taken to the doctor in the US in cases of dire emergency. I still aspire to return to the United States to continue my education (college/university) and/or seek better employment so that I can live a decent life. Right now, my conditions here overseas are not quite stellar, and I feel that returning to the USA the right way will be a heck of a lot better. Are these grounds for getting my documents renewed under some sort of special category, so that I may get permanent residency and begin building my own path towards prosperity? A few weeks back, I searched around and found out about both the VAWA and U-Visa; would either one be a better choice? Your advice and/or support are greatly appreciated. From what I've seen from certain posts here, this appears to be a helpful community. P.S.: My last visa is an R-type B1/B2 (issued June 26, 1996; expired June 26, 2006) and last passport was issued December 1, 2000 and expired November 30, 2005. My grandmother's last visa is also an R-type B1/B2 (issued March 28, 2011; expires March 24, 2021).
  21. Dear members, Hope you are doing great, I would like to tell you my story in brief so I can get a kind response for my concerns. It will be very appreciated, I feel that some of you have good experience with that kind of cases as I saw some of your posts here. I faced a very tough situation with my ex wife, after being abused by her physically and mentally, threatened me several times, l after the last action of attacking me, I contacted trustworthy person told him what happened, advised me that I have to tell the police, so I went to the police after seeing my injuries they told me that they have to arrest her, she got arrested, I didn't do any harm to her, I just received all her aggressive and violent actions. I've been granted a protective restraining order valid for three years, I'm protected under the law by vawa act, I called several domestic violence law organizations to get help, accepted to get free legal help and my documents almost completed, but it's difficult to get answers easily by them. 1- I 'm under the 2 years home residency requirement, so can I file the vawa case without getting a waiver for the 2 years requirement first? 2- I want to file the adjustment of status concurrently so I get my work permit faster, my work owner threatened me that he could through me out of work anytime, he and my ex wife took advantage of my situation that I have no paperwork, is it possible and faster if I file concurrently, or it's almost the same time frame to get a work permit? Notes: my ex wife is a us citizen. I want to contact someone knowledgable in person in order to give detailed info. Thank you for your time and efforts, it'll give me hope and light of I receive your kind response, Sincerely, A. M
  22. hello fellow Visa journey mates, I am new to this board so if I am writing something odd please forgive me. I am someone who is suffering from husband's severe mental abuse (There used to be additional financial abuse too before I got the EAD). He petitioned I-130 in this April so I have done with biometrics and gotten EAD in my hand. I have already started working so finally I became to be able to buy some food and to pay the day care fee for my infant but it is still very hard (The day care in NYC is extremely expensive. Your pay check is literally disappearing almost just for that). However I am very determined to leave this abuser for the sake of my and my daughter's mental health. So I want to divorce ASAP. So here is my questions, if I file the VAWA: 1) Can I skip the background check since I have done with the biometrics? 2) How can I transfer the priority date? 3) How I maintain my current EAD Thank you for reading this!!
  23. Hi there, I met my husband two years ago, and we lived together for 18 months before getting married in October of last year. We got married in good faith: while he didn't necessarily agree with marriage, we were in love and he didn't want me to leave the country, so we had a small ceremony in our backyard just before Halloween 2014. Our relationship had been controlling and difficult prior to the wedding, but after the wedding it became much worse. I think I knew even before we got married that he had some serious issues, however I loved him and believed he would work on those issues and that the relationship would improve. Instead, things escalated to the point where he was drinking every day, smoking pot heavily, being threatening and verbally abusive, etc. In November of 2014 he hit me in the face and pushed me several times. There was also a good bit of financial abuse, insofar as he voluntarily dropped down his hours at work and expected me to support him, despite the fact that, on an F1 visa, I was only permitted to work 20 hours a week on campus (which paid about $600 a month--definitely not enough for one person to live on, let alone two). I had come into some money from a deceased relative, and during the two years we were together he chewed up all $30,000 of it, mostly on eBay purchases. If I spoke up about this or suggested he might want to start working more, he became verbally abusive, gaslit me, put me down, and threatened me. We decided to separate in February of 2015, but with a view to trying to make the relationship work after a trial period/some distance. He remained living at my address for one month. During that time I did not feel safe at home. On one occasion he found me texting another guy, grabbed my phone, and smashed the hell out of it. When I went to replace the phone the next day he became very angry and threatening. His goal was to cut me off from contacting anyone else, to make sure I was isolated, alone, and unable to report my abuse. The phone was literally BENT in half. (I don't have the phone anymore, as I had to return it to Sprint to get a replacement, under my insurance plan, which obviously I was keen to do as soon as possible. I also wasn't able to take photographs of the phone, as my phone is my camera...) I spent most of the time away from home in February 2015, staying with friends, despite the fact that my mother owns the house my husband and I were living in, and my husband was not paying rent. I didn't want to rock the boat, or make things more difficult: I just wanted to be safe and away from him. On the one occasion that I did spend the night at our shared residence, he got me incredibly drunk and then, after I'd passed out in my (separate) bedroom, attempted to rape me. I did not report this to the police, because it took me several weeks to process what had happened. It's really difficult to accept and believe that someone you once loved is capable of doing that to you. In addition--it's New Orleans. The police are notorious for mismanaging rape cases, and I didn't want to go through the humiliation of reporting him to the cops, only to have them say "well, he's your husband, though..." During this time I reported my abusive situation to several people, mostly friends, but on one occasion also to my mentor at university. She advised me to call the police and file a report, if for no other reason than to have it on record. I didn't know what I would say to the police. I was worried about my safety if my husband discovered I'd called the cops, and I was also still worried about HIS safety: during this time he was sending me threatening text messages on the regular, either threatening to kill himself, or to kill the guy I had started seeing. Long story short, he eventually moved out and I've been living separately from him since March 2015. I am in the process of filing for a divorce, which he refuses to communicate about, and which I am uncertain he will deal with when he is served papers. It's his goal to make my life as difficult and miserable as possible. He wants me to be deported. He wants to ruin my life. He is doing everything he can to make this process as painful and hard for me as possible. I also encountered him at a bar a few months after we separated. On that occasion, there are eyewitnesses who saw me go from pretty much sober to wasted within the space of an hour, despite the fact that my bar tab was only $30 (including drinks I'd purchased for my friend, who took care of me that night). I blacked out totally & woke up vomiting in my bed at home, with my friend taking care of me. Apparently my husband had, at some point during my blackout, "escorted me" to the bathroom. I have no memory of this. I have no idea what happened in that bathroom. My friend, who was at the bar, says that when I came out I was incredibly distressed and crying. I don't remember any of this. Again, I didn't report it to the police because I thought it was possible that I had simply gotten too drunk. It took me several days to realize what had probably happened and to work through the fear and shame of that. By that point, it would have been impossible to test for drugs in my system etc. I guess what I'm asking is this: I spoke to an immigration lawyer, and he suggested taht I could file an I-360. However, aside from possibly some text message threads and facebook messages (which I can probably get from Sprint--many of them were on my old, now smashed, phone), I don't have "evidence" of abuse. My counselor has agreed to sign an affidavit, and my mentor at university will probably be willing to do the same. Is the I-360 "winnable" without photographic evidence of abuse, without a police report? I am willing, at this point, to go to the cops and retroactively report these crimes/file a restraining order. Will that help my case? I'm scared to do all of this because, as a victim of trauma, it's a) difficult to rehash this stuff while I'm still emotionally and psychologically processing it and b) the idea of USCIS rejecting the case is terrifying, not just because my entire life and career will be upended, but because it would amount to a government entity telling me "sorry, but you weren't abused ENOUGH. Your trauma and suffering are invalid." Any tips or suggestions on how I can improve my chances? Will affidavits be sufficient? Should I file a police report even though it's been several months since the assaults? Help.
  24. Hello everyone, Before I go ahead and ask the question I just wanted to say few things about my immigration status; and about my life in US. I have landed in US with F1 Visa stamped on my passport. In my first year of college, I met my wife, who is an US citizen. We have been legally married and living together for 2 years now. Due to my miserable married life, I couldn’t be able to focus on my studies. Consequently, I didn’t go to college for a semester which reflected on my F1 status and then my status got terminated. However, after taking a semester off, I continued my studies in the same college for following semester and still enrolled yet with OUT-OF-STATUS. Now, my question is about I-360 Petition that It's been an year, I am suffering from emotional abuse by my wife and being abused every day in my house. I have all the documentation which proves that I live with my wife and how she abused me and made my life so miserable. I was told by my friend about this VAWA and I also been reading online about this immigration Law lately. I am ready to file this case, but I need to make sure that If I fall under this category also if my current proofs are eligible and sufficient to get my application approved. Since I will be applying on my own, I wanted any of you who can provide me any best relevant information regarding my case which could help to build my case stronger. I have filled the I-360 and I-485 applications and planning to submit concurrently. Along with I-360 form, I have attached the following documents: A personal statement A joint bank statement A joint credit card statement A joint lease agreement A joint Electricity bill A joint phone bill A life insurance where my wife is stated as beneficiary Many Medical reports which shows that I am being abused by wife A police report and protection order against her Many affidavits from friends Marriage certificate Is there anything I am missing beside these documents mentioned above. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK I SHOULD ATTACH IT WITH MY FILE? I would like to thank to VisaJourney and all the members on this forum for your answers to my inquiry regarding I-360 petition. Thanks Ryan
  25. Hi guys I haven't posted her in a while but life is great and I hope everyone case is coming along. I am now a citizen over a year now. I am in the military have travel to Europe and the Middle East. In the Middle East now. My princess is 2 and life has never been better for us. If ur ready vawa 2 and 3 you'll see my struggles. My husband beat the crop out of me even when I was 8 months pregnant. Just know where there is life there's hope. Where there is a will thre will be a way.