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  1. -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?
  2. anyone approved from august 20016??im still waiting going on 1 year now??????
  3. 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.
  4. CAN I APPLY FOR ADVANCE PAROLE WHILE I WAIT FOR MY VAWA DECISION>???
  5. 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?????
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. Has anyone been approved for VAWA that filed back in August 20016??????????? Im stressing out ....Very inpatient...
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I have an approved I-360 petition. I'm gathering all the documents to file for my I-485 and I-765. I am a bit confused because on the I-797 Notice of Action it states that I can apply under code c(14) if I got deferred action. The only thing is that I believe I only had 15 months from the date my petition was approved. Or I have the category c(31) as well. Which one would better correspond to my situation and what is the difference between the 2?
  13. 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?
  14. Hello i just filed a vawa (i360) through my attorney. I would like to know what my chances are of having it approved. I included evidence of the abuse that dates back to 2006 when i was pregnant with our first child and he hit me for the first time aggravated battery on a pregnant woman is the charge on the police report. they wanted to put him in prison and at the time i refused to testify.Sometimes looking back i hate myself because he should have been convicted and because i was weak i never wanted to testify against him hence why so many police reports but no convicted. i was so terrified on so many levels. i stayed with this man for ten years and endured this abuse. Had two children who endured the abuse right by my side. We have multiple police reports, hospital reports, photos of my injuries. I am very scared that even with all my evidence i will be denied because I've been reading many stories of ppl online who ended up being denied and t hey don't have any idea why. please help i keep wondering if there was any different type of evidence me and my attorney might have missed but we included everything as far as the abuse is concerned. there were multiple stances of physical abuse he even was arrested for domestic violence in one occasion he abused me on so many levels. he also forced me to work as an exotic dancer to support his drug habit. i included that in my testimony along with affidavits from friends and family. even his own grandma wrote a statement in my behalf. But I've read on here affidavits from family members don't weight that much. please someone hep me.
  15. 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?
  16. i posted this on a different thread with no luck. i hope i have better luck here. i just filed vawa through my attorney this month. My evidence submitted included pictures of my injuries, 3 police reports one of them dates back to 2006 when he abused me for the first time when i was pregnant with our first child. 2 hospital reports within the last 3years. there is also one domestic violence arrest. But no convictions he was never convicted because i never wanted to go forward with prosecuting him i always ended up going back to him. There are also statements from his best friends wife who is also a friend of mine and witnessed the abuse i suffered. also his own stepmother and grandmother wrote statements on my behalf as they were the ones that took me to the hospital last time i had to go. And of course my own statement, which now after everything has been submitted i am sitting here going over every little detail and i feel as if my own statement wasn't strong enough and also i feel that i should've had more people write statements but the problem is i hid the abuse form everybody but my attorney says that with the evidence i have we should be good. I'm so worried Can anyone that has any experience with this please give me your opinion? should i write a second statement and supplement that to what already has been sent in? am i even allowed to do that? pls help.
  17. Hello all, I am at the lowest point of my life. Last week, my wife/her parents kicked me out. In the past there are 4 to 5 instances of her abusing me. I have taken photos of my injuries as well. My conditional green card expires Dec 2017. Ours is a real marriage, I have many documents like leases, deed, Health/auto/home insurances, photos, air tickets, etc. She applied for divorce this week. It takes 6 months to get divorce finalized in my state. It will extend longer for sure, as she will argue on everything. I met with an Immigration attorney, he is suggesting to apply I-751 in extreme cruelty waiver category. He do not want me to check 'Divorce' category. My question is, can I check both the boxes even divorce is not final yet? 1) Extreme cruelty and Divorce 2) If I check both the boxes, do I need to prove both? 3) If I check only cruelty now, can I update my application to divorce also, once divorce is finalized? 4) I read somewhere that, once I-751 deadline is crossed (Conditional LPR expiration date), I cannot re apply for a new i 751 application or update my existing application with 'Divorce' category. I want to check both the boxes. In case my proof's are not enough for extreme cruelty, my application can also be considered in 'Divorce' But my attorney says, as I will not have divorce decree until next 6 to 12 months, I might get RFE and may be rejected. Please confirm.
  18. Before I upset anyone who actually claims VAWA isnt a scam and they used it for real reasons (not reasons they instigated by being complete jerks), I would like to say that this is the only reason I have not yet divorced my fake wife of only 5 months. She has not yet received her green card or anything yet and the i485 is still pending. So basically, I married her and have evidence that she only came to the US to get legalization as she clearly texted me this and there is so much evidence for this. Furthermore, I was pressured to marry because of abortion and because they harrased me including her crazy Ukrainian divorced best friend that she lives with and they didn't even let me confer with my parents or talk about marriage and didn't allow any family members or friends of mine to attend the wedding. We have nothing together, no banks or joint accounts or anything, and dont even live together. Furthermore, I never assault her, nor am I rude to her and I don't mistreat her. I do argue with her sometime because I want her to be normal and not annoy me and drill me everyday on how I should live, behave, or call me names or insult me or my mom. She made it clear right after marriage she dont love me and wants me for papers only. She once told me if I divorced her (and she said it in a joking yet evil way) that she'd claim I "abused" her if I did divorce. This really threw red flags and I also realized she wants to control me and ensure I dont divorce her. I am now considering annulment but some part of me just wants to find a common ground and get a divorce so she doesnt waste my time and piss me off and falsely claim a VAWA case. I know some of you here are very familiar with it and I don't want to deal with that. I need help on exiting this bullcrap "marriage" without her claiming VAWA. She doesn't have approved i485 yet, and we have nothing together, never even lived together for 5 months as she lives with her roommate a few blocks down, and I also am not abusive and as a matter of fact provide everything for her, take her on vacations, etc.... Furthermore she is 29 and I'm 23. And because of her I have started and even during the marriage, was on a crazy opiate/painkiller + cocaine binge just to avoid the ridiculous nonsense of her emotional insanity about the whole "abortion" story and her annoying roommate all drilling me to marry and not letting me confer with my family. In essence they pressured me, forced me, and brainwashed me to marry then flipped the script and instead of being like a flower, and appreciating all what I did, she (the wife) demands more and lives life as if I owe her everything and as if she is the one taking care of me or married me. I'm sick of this and sick of this VAWA which is clearly a scam 99% of the time not just by women but also by men. Should I get out of this with annulment or can I do a simple divorce where she agrees to divorce and also states that there was no fault, no abuse, except just that we do not belong together. And can she claim VAWA after it and get approved, or is it at least difficult enough to get approved especially if she completely agrees with divorce and especially that I have never even laid a hand on her, lived with her, abused her, or hit her in any way except that I tell her time to time I want to divorce because Im young and just want to be free again and cant deal with the emotional stress of marriage (which is not even close to abuse). Can someone please help and explain if its best to compromise together with a proper divorce where she doesnt try to f*k me and backstab me with VAWA or should I just completely get rid of her with an annulment and feel myself blessed and completely freed and rid of this annoying woman.
  19. Hi, I would really appreciate your time and help regarding my case and bless you for helping me out in such a terrible situation I am stuck into. I came to the United States in 2015 on a K-1 fiancé visa and got married to my husband on December 12 2015. Soon after a few months I have been issued a conditional greencard that expires next year (April 8th 2018). It took me a long while to recognize that he has been emotionally and physically abusing me. He constantly made comments on getting me deported. I have had no access to any of his finances. In the beginning of our marriage he gave me an authorized credit card to do groceries but I have no accounts, bills or receipts in my direct name though he has added me on his joint insurance. After er a few months of our marriage he started accusing me that I married him to get citizenship. When he stopped with that he started physically hurting me by pushing, biting, slapping and pulling my hair. His emotional abuse started way before but I failed to recognize. He would constantly swear at me, lock himself in a room, won't sleep in the same room with me, eat with me and things like that. I let go of all those. It got worse and when I couldn't take his beating I pushed him only (he is a giant guy) he called the cops saying that I'm abusing him and his life is in danger. When the cops came and saw my marks and all the situation they arrested him and filed second degree assault charges on him along with a protective order for three months. I moved to his his mothers house during that time and I was scared that he will leave me and I've no family of my own here in Maryland and so I am solely dependent on him. To remove the charges the state filed, I wrote a written statement saying that I don't believe he is an abusive person and all that. When we we got back together, things have been worse than I would have really imagined. He doesn't communicate or come near me at all. He has cameras and recorders all over the house and I am under constant surveillance. He tells me everyday to go to the lawyer with him and file for a no fault divorce and go back to my country. Now, since I am on conditional green card I desperately need to know if someone has been in the similar situation how did they handle their legal status or what am I supposed to do? Divorce is a big taboo in my country and me being so young, even the thought of going back and facing the society gives me absolute fear and anxiety. 1.How can I protect my legal status in the United States lawfully and under what brackets? 2.When can I apply for to remove the conditions from my greencard on my own? 3. How long does it take and honestly what are the chances I can get it? 4. Do I need to be divorced before I apply for the waiver, during or after? Any other advice, suggestions or guidance would really help me. I am new in the United States and I've been here a fullbright scholar here before I got married. I've always maintained a healthy record of my character and I don't want it to get ruined because of somebody else. Many regards & thankyou.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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!!!!!!