Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Burjou Boltenna

VAWA petition and divorce case NEED IMMEDIATE HELP

28 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: Country: Turkey
Timeline

Hi everyone,

I've read several threads about abused spouses, Vawa filings and responses from some of you guys. I felt so sorry for the citizens trying to get their once-loved spouses deported, which isn't different than what my husband is trying to do. Love shouldn't be this cheap. Love is kind, not hurtful. Putting someone in an illegal status or deportation process is hitting below the belt, not protecting yourself. Neither do you get any benefit from having someone deported, no matter how hurt or angry you are. Doing something just because you can is not power, it's so immature. This is not good.

I'm writing here simply because I am stuck, and I really need help and insight. Please do not respond to this message speaking poorly of illegal immigrants or why they should be sent back home before you understand my story. I don't need anybody to tell me why I should go back or stay here.

I'm from Istanbul Turkey from a well respected liberal family. I met my husband two years ago when I was a student in New Jersey. When my studies ended, I simply went back to my home country. I wouldn't have gone back if I had wanted to obtain an immigrant status no matter what, he begged me to stay and marry him but I didn't. My husband came to Turkey almost once a month after I left. We were talking on the phone at least two three hours a day. He even came to Istanbul only for 16 hours to propose to me and he took a flight back to New York. He did everything he could to bring me back to the US, except for filing for a spouse or a fiancee visa.

We got married in August, 2008 and I entered the country on a visitor's visa. I didn't know that the US would recognize a marriage abroad. We were planning on a US wedding which his family cancelled after a loss in family. The original plan was that I would help him with the US wedding preparations and go back to Turkey, file for spouse visa but after my husband lost his uncle he was devastated and he needed my support. And I stayed. And we filed for green card papers.

My I-94 was valid until November, only 3 months after I entered. Since I got approved for EAD and advanced parole, I didn't worry about the I-94 expiration at all.

My husband is from a radically fundementalist christian family. Women wear headscarves and skirts only, they only wear dark colors. I didn't know any of this until we married but he knew I was Muslim and married me anyway probably hoping he could salvage me by converting me. After we started living tohether, him and his family poured out their real intentions and expectations from me. They started the brain-washing cycle pushing me to get baptised. So, our marriage didn't work out and it fell apart only in 6 months. During this time, my husband has been very abusive, especially after I rejected baptism. He started seeing other women, calling me names, not supporting me financially, being sexually verbally mentally and emotionally abusive. He gave me bruises once. He would hide my passport or threaten to get me deported. He is a porn addict, which affects his way of viewing women tremendously, like women are always ready to be men's slave or something. He tells people that I sleep with other guys (which God knows that I didn't) and speaks of me in a very humiliating way. He left home only a few days before the first immigration interview (March 20th). He didn't show up at the hearing and wrote a letter to the imm. services and he cancelled his sponsorship. The case immediately got closed. I was out of status, meaning illegal the day I received a letter from imm. services explaning their decision (March 30th)

My husband filed for a divorce immediately. I found papers in an envelope on the doormat. I don't know if I am considered as being served. In his claims, he says I entered the marriage as fraud, not in good faith. He wants me to pay for everything from apartment rent to legal expanses. He is making $160K a year and I am unemployed.

I am now facing deportation. I can't go back to my hometown simply because it is viewed as a very embarrasing situation to have your daughter back only after a few months she gets married. I also can't go back because I fear the consequences of his divorce claims. If I go now, he may say anything and get a court order against me. I simply can't stay because I am illegal. I am totally cornered.

He broke the lease and I have to be out of the apartment in just a few weeks. I have no money, neither do I have a place to stay.

I know it shouldn't be this easy to mess with someone's life. He's the one who dragged me here. Now he changed his mind and he's doing anything he can to send me back home. I am not a disposible toy for God's sake, there has to be something I can do?!? I don't have police or doctor's reports. He threatened me that if I filed something against him, the consequences would be much worse.

I've spoken with several immigration attorneys and specialists. They all say something different. Some say I can't get a legal status. Some say that I can if I file for I-360 but I can't file for I-360 or I-485 concurrently and I'd have to wait until I-360 is approved to apply for an EAD or AOS. Others say that it's really very simple to put together an application and get approved. I just want to resolve the divorce and go back to my home country. I am utterly confused. I live in New York-New Jersey area and I would very much appreciate the contact information of a reliable and knowlegable immigration and divorce attorneys here.

Please advise. Please help. I don't know what to do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm really sorry that you're in such a bad situation and wish I can offer more advice. Unfortunately, I am not very knowledgeable about VAWA. All I know, from the case of one VJer I read about, is that you do have to have the I-360 approved first. Do you have friends who can act as witness to the abuse that you underwent?

I hope that somebody with more information will see your post and help. I pray that you will be safe and that you'll find a solution to your situation. (F)


08/17/08: Mailed N400 to TSC

08/19/08: USPS attempted delivery

08/20/08: TSC received N400

08/21/08: TSC cashed check

09/02/08: Received NOA...........Priority date: 08/20/08

..............................................Notice date : 08/22/08

09/02/08: Received Biometrics Notification

09/18/08: Biometrics completed - Charlotte DO

10/24/08: Received Interview Letter

12/08/08: Interview @ 1:00pm. APPROVED!

01/05/09: Oath Ceremony 10:00AM. Now officially a USC!!!

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

01/17/09: Applied for US Passport and passport card

01/28/09: Received US Passport

01/29/09: Received US passport card

01/29/09: Received naturalization certificate back from passport office

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Country: Spain
Timeline

Apparently you have been served...has to be done in person in the states that Im familiar with...but if you have been legally served, see a family attorney immediately. You usually have only 30 days to respond or he can take a default judgement.

Refute all of claims, and get him to pay for everything, including paying your way back. After all, he is the one with the money.


I finally got rid of the never ending money drain. I called the plumber, and got the problem fixed. I wish her the best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico
Timeline
Hi everyone,

I've read several threads about abused spouses, Vawa filings and responses from some of you guys. I felt so sorry for the citizens trying to get their once-loved spouses deported, which isn't different than what my husband is trying to do. Love shouldn't be this cheap. Love is kind, not hurtful. Putting someone in an illegal status or deportation process is hitting below the belt, not protecting yourself. Neither do you get any benefit from having someone deported, no matter how hurt or angry you are. Doing something just because you can is not power, it's so immature. This is not good.

I'm writing here simply because I am stuck, and I really need help and insight. Please do not respond to this message speaking poorly of illegal immigrants or why they should be sent back home before you understand my story. I don't need anybody to tell me why I should go back or stay here.

I'm from Istanbul Turkey from a well respected liberal family. I met my husband two years ago when I was a student in New Jersey. When my studies ended, I simply went back to my home country. I wouldn't have gone back if I had wanted to obtain an immigrant status no matter what, he begged me to stay and marry him but I didn't. My husband came to Turkey almost once a month after I left. We were talking on the phone at least two three hours a day. He even came to Istanbul only for 16 hours to propose to me and he took a flight back to New York. He did everything he could to bring me back to the US, except for filing for a spouse or a fiancee visa.

We got married in August, 2008 and I entered the country on a visitor's visa. I didn't know that the US would recognize a marriage abroad. We were planning on a US wedding which his family cancelled after a loss in family. The original plan was that I would help him with the US wedding preparations and go back to Turkey, file for spouse visa but after my husband lost his uncle he was devastated and he needed my support. And I stayed. And we filed for green card papers.

My I-94 was valid until November, only 3 months after I entered. Since I got approved for EAD and advanced parole, I didn't worry about the I-94 expiration at all.

My husband is from a radically fundementalist christian family. Women wear headscarves and skirts only, they only wear dark colors. I didn't know any of this until we married but he knew I was Muslim and married me anyway probably hoping he could salvage me by converting me. After we started living tohether, him and his family poured out their real intentions and expectations from me. They started the brain-washing cycle pushing me to get baptised. So, our marriage didn't work out and it fell apart only in 6 months. During this time, my husband has been very abusive, especially after I rejected baptism. He started seeing other women, calling me names, not supporting me financially, being sexually verbally mentally and emotionally abusive. He gave me bruises once. He would hide my passport or threaten to get me deported. He is a porn addict, which affects his way of viewing women tremendously, like women are always ready to be men's slave or something. He tells people that I sleep with other guys (which God knows that I didn't) and speaks of me in a very humiliating way. He left home only a few days before the first immigration interview (March 20th). He didn't show up at the hearing and wrote a letter to the imm. services and he cancelled his sponsorship. The case immediately got closed. I was out of status, meaning illegal the day I received a letter from imm. services explaning their decision (March 30th)

My husband filed for a divorce immediately. I found papers in an envelope on the doormat. I don't know if I am considered as being served. In his claims, he says I entered the marriage as fraud, not in good faith. He wants me to pay for everything from apartment rent to legal expanses. He is making $160K a year and I am unemployed.

I am now facing deportation. I can't go back to my hometown simply because it is viewed as a very embarrasing situation to have your daughter back only after a few months she gets married. I also can't go back because I fear the consequences of his divorce claims. If I go now, he may say anything and get a court order against me. I simply can't stay because I am illegal. I am totally cornered.

He broke the lease and I have to be out of the apartment in just a few weeks. I have no money, neither do I have a place to stay.

I know it shouldn't be this easy to mess with someone's life. He's the one who dragged me here. Now he changed his mind and he's doing anything he can to send me back home. I am not a disposible toy for God's sake, there has to be something I can do?!? I don't have police or doctor's reports. He threatened me that if I filed something against him, the consequences would be much worse.

I've spoken with several immigration attorneys and specialists. They all say something different. Some say I can't get a legal status. Some say that I can if I file for I-360 but I can't file for I-360 or I-485 concurrently and I'd have to wait until I-360 is approved to apply for an EAD or AOS. Others say that it's really very simple to put together an application and get approved. I just want to resolve the divorce and go back to my home country. I am utterly confused. I live in New York-New Jersey area and I would very much appreciate the contact information of a reliable and knowlegable immigration and divorce attorneys here.

Please advise. Please help. I don't know what to do.

The catholic church has free or low cost immigration assistance, contact them and they can help you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I see you're in New Jersey-- contact Sanctuary for Families in NYC. They may be able to help you or else provide you with a referral. Wishing you the strength you need and I hope you'll be alright no matter where you end up.

Edited by carpe diem

N-400

5-12-11: N-400 package mailed

5-18-11: check cashed

5-17-11: NOA date

6-14-11: biometrics date (missed notice + appointment due to travels)

6-16-11: fingerprints done

7-25-11: interview letter date

8-31-11: interview

9-20-11: oath!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica
Timeline

I went through the VAWA process after being married for only 8 months. My ex assaulted me and was arrested for third degree assault. This was in July 2006. I believe that you can file the I-360 and I-485 concurrently - the pending I-485 would then allow you to file for a work permit at the same time. I filed my I-360 in Sept 2006 - it was approved in Oct 2007. I am still waiting for my interview (my I-485 was pending from the time my ex had filed for me - my attorneys had sent them a letter asking them to put a hold on it while the I-360 was being filed).

The agencies that I had contacted and who helped me (they may be able to point you in the right direction to get help in your area):

Sanctuary for Families: (212) 349-6009 (Family Court)

City Bar Justice Center: (212) 383-6600 (Immigration)

South Brooklyn Legal Services: (718) 237-5500 (Housing Court and Divorce Court)

Brooklyn Women's Services: (718) 748-1234 (Therapy)

Sanctuary helped me get my initial order of protection in Family Court. South Brooklyn helped me with Housing Court when the landlord tried to evict me - NY law allowed me to have the lease changed into my name even though the only name on the lease was my ex. Sanctuary gave me a grant to pay off the back rent once I could show them that I was working and would be able to pay the future rent. My ex took the plea deal in Criminal Court to avoid jail and I got two final orders of protection from both Family and Criminal Courts. South Brooklyn also helped me with my divorce (he had tried to get an annulment).

I also applied for, and got a brand new social security number from the Social Security Administration in my maiden name (domestic violence victims are allowed to apply for a new number - it is on their website).

Now, with all that said, your first priority is SAFETY! And you should also document everything. (In my case I had an arrest report and eye witnesses and many 911 calls from neighbors (he was on top of me in the hallway of my apartment building after he had succeeded in forcing me out of the apartment)). Talk to people who know your situation and those who have witnessed it firsthand and ask them to write affidavits on your behalf. Be honest and be strong.

ALL of my attorneys for everything were free of cost. My therapy was also free.

Good luck.


May 20, 2008: Green card approved

N-400

February 22, 2011: Sent N-400 VAWA package

February 23, 2011: FedEx package signed for and delivered

March 15, 2011: Email NOA

March 15, 2011: Check cashed

March 17, 2011: Email re: Fingerprint Notice mailed out

March 18, 2011: NOA received (Notice Date 03/14; Priority Date: 02/23)

March 23, 2011: Biometrics notice received for 03/31

March 31, 2011: Biometrics completed

July 5, 2011: Online status: Now scheduled for interview

July 12, 2011: Received interview letter finally!

August 11, 2011: Interview Date (Garden City) - PASSED!!!

August 15, 2011: In line to be scheduled for Oath

August 16, 2011: Oath scheduled, notice sent

August 20, 2011: Oath notice received

September 15, 2011: Oath ceremony @ 8:30 AM

September 17, 20011: Passport application

September 21, 2011: Passport received

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am sorrty to hear what happened to you. There are some advices given here and follow them.


I-130 Timeline with USCIS:

It took 92 days for I-130 to get approved from the filing date

NVC Process of I-130:

It took 78 days to complete the NVC process

Interview Process at The U.S. Embassy

Interview took 223 days from the I-130 filing date. Immigrant Visa was issued right after the interview

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Other Country: England
Timeline

My situation is very similar and my ex did almost everything that yours did. I filed for VAWA, finally got approved. I was also in deportation proceedings which have now been termined becasue of my approved petition. It's been a long haul and I'm still waiting for my interview. I had to file my I485 after my approval and have now been waiting 9 months for an interview. This all started in 2005 and I haven't been allowed back to England since. If you need any support please message me.

Thinking of you

Shona


Filing I 360 3rd Nov 2005

Prima facie determination received from Vermont 20th Nov 2005

DIVORCED JANUARY 25th 2006

EAD applied for again (jeez I need to work ) 28th Feb 2006

Removal hearing July 12th 2006

RFE's received for I360 and EAD 13th October 2006

NOID received March 2007

EAD denied March 2007

Back to Immigration Court April 18th 2007

NOID request for evidence received USCIS 3rd May 2007

I 360 touched May 31st 2007

I 360 actually approved May 30th 2007

EAD filed June 23rd 2007

I 485 filed July 24th 2007

NOA1 for I 485 August 1st 2007

EAD approved August 6th 2007

Medical with CS August 28th 2007

Biometrics August 24th 2007

Paperwork sent to Immigration Judge to finally terminate removal proceedings September 10th 2007

 

GREEN CARD FINALLY APPROVED AFTER 4 YEARS September 9th 2008 :D

 

N-400 Filed online 03/04/2018

NOA online 03/05/2018- projected Citizenship completion date December 2018

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
My situation is very similar and my ex did almost everything that yours did. I filed for VAWA, finally got approved. I was also in deportation proceedings which have now been termined becasue of my approved petition. It's been a long haul and I'm still waiting for my interview. I had to file my I485 after my approval and have now been waiting 9 months for an interview. This all started in 2005 and I haven't been allowed back to England since. If you need any support please message me.

Thinking of you

Shona

Hey Shona

I was wondering how you are these days? Hope that life is treating you as well as can be expected!!


DCF - London

18 Jul 04 - Police Certificate Requested

19 Jul 04 - I-130 sent

22 Jul 04 - NOA I-130 logged with INS

29 Jul 04 - DS230 sent

29 Jul 04 - Had vaccinations

14 Aug 04 - Police Certificate Received

30 Sept 04 - I-130 approved

30 Nov 04 - Received I-864 from co sponsor

04 Dec 04 - Sent DS2001

13 Jan 05 - Interview date 04 Feb 05

04 Feb 05 - VISA APPROVED!!!

08 Feb 05 - Proud owner of IR-1 Visa

09 Jun 05 - Arrived in the USA

24 April 09 - US Citizen

26551rm8.th.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Other Country: England
Timeline

Hi Broma, I'm ok, just get really down waiting and waiting. This July will be my 4th year in the States and still no card and I can't go home even for a visit because of the overstay. I just want to see my boys. I've already missed my son's 18th and now it looks like I'll miss his 21st too.

How's things with you? and thanks for asking.

Shona


Filing I 360 3rd Nov 2005

Prima facie determination received from Vermont 20th Nov 2005

DIVORCED JANUARY 25th 2006

EAD applied for again (jeez I need to work ) 28th Feb 2006

Removal hearing July 12th 2006

RFE's received for I360 and EAD 13th October 2006

NOID received March 2007

EAD denied March 2007

Back to Immigration Court April 18th 2007

NOID request for evidence received USCIS 3rd May 2007

I 360 touched May 31st 2007

I 360 actually approved May 30th 2007

EAD filed June 23rd 2007

I 485 filed July 24th 2007

NOA1 for I 485 August 1st 2007

EAD approved August 6th 2007

Medical with CS August 28th 2007

Biometrics August 24th 2007

Paperwork sent to Immigration Judge to finally terminate removal proceedings September 10th 2007

 

GREEN CARD FINALLY APPROVED AFTER 4 YEARS September 9th 2008 :D

 

N-400 Filed online 03/04/2018

NOA online 03/05/2018- projected Citizenship completion date December 2018

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi Broma, I'm ok, just get really down waiting and waiting. This July will be my 4th year in the States and still no card and I can't go home even for a visit because of the overstay. I just want to see my boys. I've already missed my son's 18th and now it looks like I'll miss his 21st too.

How's things with you? and thanks for asking.

Shona

I am sorry to hear that you are still waiting......hopefully not for too much longer.

Things are going really well for me, I got a promotion at work so am now on the same level/salary that I was in England, my husband is back at work following his surgery, and we finally bought a house!! We are moving at the end of June (as long as nothing goes wrong)!

Soon it will be your turn!!!


DCF - London

18 Jul 04 - Police Certificate Requested

19 Jul 04 - I-130 sent

22 Jul 04 - NOA I-130 logged with INS

29 Jul 04 - DS230 sent

29 Jul 04 - Had vaccinations

14 Aug 04 - Police Certificate Received

30 Sept 04 - I-130 approved

30 Nov 04 - Received I-864 from co sponsor

04 Dec 04 - Sent DS2001

13 Jan 05 - Interview date 04 Feb 05

04 Feb 05 - VISA APPROVED!!!

08 Feb 05 - Proud owner of IR-1 Visa

09 Jun 05 - Arrived in the USA

24 April 09 - US Citizen

26551rm8.th.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I went through the VAWA process after being married for only 8 months. My ex assaulted me and was arrested for third degree assault. This was in July 2006. I believe that you can file the I-360 and I-485 concurrently - the pending I-485 would then allow you to file for a work permit at the same time. I filed my I-360 in Sept 2006 - it was approved in Oct 2007. I am still waiting for my interview (my I-485 was pending from the time my ex had filed for me - my attorneys had sent them a letter asking them to put a hold on it while the I-360 was being filed).

The agencies that I had contacted and who helped me (they may be able to point you in the right direction to get help in your area):

Sanctuary for Families: (212) 349-6009 (Family Court)

City Bar Justice Center: (212) 383-6600 (Immigration)

South Brooklyn Legal Services: (718) 237-5500 (Housing Court and Divorce Court)

Brooklyn Women's Services: (718) 748-1234 (Therapy)

Sanctuary helped me get my initial order of protection in Family Court. South Brooklyn helped me with Housing Court when the landlord tried to evict me - NY law allowed me to have the lease changed into my name even though the only name on the lease was my ex. Sanctuary gave me a grant to pay off the back rent once I could show them that I was working and would be able to pay the future rent. My ex took the plea deal in Criminal Court to avoid jail and I got two final orders of protection from both Family and Criminal Courts. South Brooklyn also helped me with my divorce (he had tried to get an annulment).

I also applied for, and got a brand new social security number from the Social Security Administration in my maiden name (domestic violence victims are allowed to apply for a new number - it is on their website).

Now, with all that said, your first priority is SAFETY! And you should also document everything. (In my case I had an arrest report and eye witnesses and many 911 calls from neighbors (he was on top of me in the hallway of my apartment building after he had succeeded in forcing me out of the apartment)). Talk to people who know your situation and those who have witnessed it firsthand and ask them to write affidavits on your behalf. Be honest and be strong.

ALL of my attorneys for everything were free of cost. My therapy was also free.

Good luck.

Hi vawa-2006, Borjou and Shona!!!! It's nice to see your posts and ur stories, it gives me hope as i went through something very similar.

Last year, I went through exactly what you all went though in ur case. 2007 was the worst year of my life. It was a rocky relationship to say the least. Mine was the worst i've ever heard anyone go through. Trouble started about 9 and half months after wedding too. He solicited women online alot. Brought women home when i wasn't home. I saw underwears that didn't belong to me, shoes that weren't my size...so much, so many. He was unusually loud and violent at any little argument. I don't know what gave him that over me or why i was so low for him, tho he's 12 years older but i always thought i was a though girl. Neigbours would call cops and even with my swollen lips from his fist, or being visibly shaken, teary and sweating i would tell them everything was fine when they came cos i was afraid of what might come after his arrest. I even miscarried a baby through all the abuse (which i may say now is a blessing cos i can't imagine how i would manage with a child in all of this now).

When it got so bad, i left to stay with a friend. He came there to harass me, cause a scene and got violent, he was arrested. When he got out, he filled for annulment based on lies, cancelled my AOS petition, emptied our bank account, we had a joint account where i put all most of my money as he "ordered", he emptied and closed it, threw all my remaining stuff on the side walk as apt was in his name. I was homeless, bruised, battered and humiliated. I continued to live with a friend until i was able to sort myself up and got a place 2 months ago. I am okay now, my only regret is that i wish i didn't cry so much and that i had gotten out and gotten help sooner. But i didn't know what to do and who to turn to. Plus he hid all my documents, including my passport. He had access and control over everything. I was so stupid.

Now, I have 2 police reports, an order of protection, photos, medical records of treatments, proof of his infidelity (computer chat screens i saved), written/email/txt msgs threats to me, saved voicemails and phone records.

I just got a lawyer now through my very supportive church and my lawyer just began to fix the case and he told me he is confident that i will be approved when all is done. So i have peace of mind (i guess). He just started this past week.

I am working extra hours to take my mind off the pain and to afford payments for everything that i need now, including the lawyer as i am paying out of my pocket.

Vawa-2006, thanks for posting all those information and phone numbers. I wish i had all the resources when all started. I did a search online but didn't get much. I guess i was going through so much at the time that nothing i did was productive. The sky is clearer now, i can see better, google search yield results these days...lol :)

I will PM you guys, as i am sure i will have questions as my case proceed. Please put me in your prayers.


Ex-wife of abusive USC. Filing VAWA

Prior Status: F1, NYC

Aug 06: Married USC (US born, raised in my country)

Apr 07: Filed I-130/I-485/I-765

May 07: RD for I-130/I-485/I-765

Jun 07: Biometrics for I-485/I-765

Aug 07: Assaulted by USC (1 out of many) - USC arrested, 2nd degree assault. Controlling USC constantly reminded me that he could have me deported at his will (emails, text msgs, voicemails saved)

Sep 07: Interview for I-485, both didn't show. USC calls & writes immigration to withdraw.

Oct - Dec 07: Orders of protection, police reports, moved out with nothing, trying to start my life over.

Dec 07: USC filed annulment saying i refuse to have kids & I married him for greencard. Contested. 1yr later, he withdrew & refilled on abandonment.

Jun 08: Filed I-360, VAWA

July 08: RD for Prima Facie Determination - 180 days

Aug 08: Criminal & Family court still on - Final Order of protection (USC pleads guilty)

Sep 08: Filed I-765 based on pending I-485

Oct 08: Biometrics for I-765

Nov 08: I-765 Denied, lawyer says it's likely they don't know about the pending VAWA case

Jan 09: RD for 2nd Prima Facie - 180 days

Apr 09: Divorce final

Oct 7, 09: I-360 approved So happy & thankful to God cos i have waited, prayed & hoped for so long.

Oct 26, 09 - Filed for I485 Adjustment of Status - paid approx $1,000 to immigration + $200 Civil surgeon fee.

Nov 21, 09 - Finger print letter received

Dec 13, 09 - Happily fingerprinted & photographed ;)

Feb 1, 10 - Employ Auth card received

Feb 3, 10 - Interview letter received

Mar 10, 10 - APPROVED!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica
Timeline

mslady...I had no clue where to turn either when all of this happened to me - I called the national hotline number and through them, got other numbers. I started calling and calling - Sanctuary for Families was the first agency to call me back and they helped me get in touch with other agencies for additional help. It's good that you got out of your situation - be safe.


May 20, 2008: Green card approved

N-400

February 22, 2011: Sent N-400 VAWA package

February 23, 2011: FedEx package signed for and delivered

March 15, 2011: Email NOA

March 15, 2011: Check cashed

March 17, 2011: Email re: Fingerprint Notice mailed out

March 18, 2011: NOA received (Notice Date 03/14; Priority Date: 02/23)

March 23, 2011: Biometrics notice received for 03/31

March 31, 2011: Biometrics completed

July 5, 2011: Online status: Now scheduled for interview

July 12, 2011: Received interview letter finally!

August 11, 2011: Interview Date (Garden City) - PASSED!!!

August 15, 2011: In line to be scheduled for Oath

August 16, 2011: Oath scheduled, notice sent

August 20, 2011: Oath notice received

September 15, 2011: Oath ceremony @ 8:30 AM

September 17, 20011: Passport application

September 21, 2011: Passport received

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, I thought my case was awful but after reading your cases I see mine is pretty simple. I was in the same situation as you ladies were...verbal, economical, emotional abuse, isolation, etc. I give thank to God I have the best friends in the World. They found out all the information possible for me to leave the home and still get my green card. I went for help to a place called Help for Abused Women and Children. Immediately they told me the danger I was in and that I should get a restraining order. I said no because then my paperwork is in jeopardy. I can hold on to the economic, verbal, emotional abuse until I go to the interview. My mother flew from my home country and stayed with me at that home for almost two months until we left, only 4 days after the interview. I dropped him off at work, got a new car (he had totaled mine), packed up some of my stuff, dropped off the restraining order at the police station and on our way to 9 states far away from him and into a shelter for abused women I was. There I got all the help and the support I needed. I had left a forwarding address for my mail...so my green card arrived at my friend's address. He never showed up to divoce court. I knew he wouldn't because he knew he would have to paying my credit card and the bank account that he had cleared up. By the time I left the home I owed around $25,000; he had even bought a car with one of my credit cards.

Now I'm filing for the removal of conditional. I got my fingers crossed since I'm filing divorced.

I wish you all the best of luck.


Married: October 24, 2005

AOS/EAD:

03/08/2006: Sent in the mail.

03/18/2006: NOA1

03/24/2006: Received appoitment for Biometrics

04/09/2006: Went for Biometrics.

05/08/2006: Received letter with appointment for interview.

05/30/2006: Received EAD card (finally could work).

06/18/2006: Interview and passport stamped APPROVED!

End of June: Received Green Card.

05/20/2007: Divorced!!!!!!! but in a lot of debt.

Removal of conditional

05/12/2008: Sent I-751.

05/14/2008: Received at the VSC.

06/05/2008: Check cashed.

06/11/2008: Received NOA1. Extension for a year.

06/17/2008: Received letter for Biometrics for 7/1/08.

07/10/2009: Received email: Case Status: Card Production Ordered

Two more years for citizenship!

Application for Naturalization

04/05/2011: Sent N-400

04/20/2011: Received NOA

04/22/2011: Received appoinment for fingerprints

05/16/2011: Fingerprints done, studying for test

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Morocco
Timeline

I am a bit confused. You are a Muslim woman, but you married a Christian man? I don't know how the Muslims in Turkey view this, but that is a big no no from everything I have heard. It seems that would be a bigger disgrace than going back after only a few months here. But I don't know much about the Muslims in Turkey so I could be wrong.

Also you came on a visitor visa after you got married. Did they ask you in your interview about your marital status? I thought that if you were married to a USC and you applied for a visitor visa it is an automatic denial. Not sure if that is true, but if it is I think this one might come back to haunt you.


'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...