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  1. filled vawa on july 2017...received prima facie oct 2017...received extension of primafacie oct 2018 for 6 mos...what are my chances of approval. thanks
  2. Hi there, I was informed that people who are approved for VAWA are eligible to get financial aid at their university. I am having an issue with this though and my university doesn't seem to know what to do either. I've searched online up and down and cannot seem to find a solution or similar issue. Anyways, my school has been trying to find match in the FAFSA system and they've done the SAVE and third step verification as required but, the results keep coming back from DHS as C which means that I'm not matching in the system as an eligible non-citizen. The financial aid officer actually said the results comes back as "I-485 pending". However, my VAWA has been approved since January of 2019 and I have a pending I-485. I even just got my work permit via having a pending application. Has anyone else had this experience? Can anyone please give me any advice on what to do please? I am a semester away from graduating college and this roadblock has already had me take a whole 2 years off school already, and now I'm back and it's the same issue. I just want to graduate. Any answers will be highly appreciated.
  3. Hello, everyone. My attorney from Holly Cross Ministries filed I-751 under VAWA for me in August 2017. Case has been received on September 15 of 2017. Since that time I gave my fingerprints around February of 2018. Then no updates from USCIS up until early March of 2019 - Request for evidence, where they said, that according to evidences I provided, I don't qualify neither for my bona fide marriage approval, nor for being emotionally abused. I gathered a lot more additional documents and witness letters and sent it over. My main issue was: because of controlling behavior of my ex-spouse, he intentionally didn't want to have my name on official papers(no bank accounts in both names, no utility bills), only on filed Tax return for the year 2015 (that USCIS thought wasn't enough). USCIS received my additional documents on May 6 of 2019 and till now I haven't heard from them yet. I understand that I need to wait. From arriving to the US in 2015 until March 2019 I lived in Salt Lake City. Since March of 2019 I am in school in New Jersey. My extension is soon to be expired (in February of 2020). If I don't hear from USCIS till then, I need my passport stamped to extend my legal documents. For that I need to go to local field office. Now, being in school in NJ it will be very expensive and I'll have to miss several days of school (which better not to do) in order to go to Salt Lake City field office, because now they give Info Pass appointment by request of a phone call and schedule for the following week. My question is: will it hurt my case if I change my address to NJ to stamp my passport locally. If not, how it should be done better (I suspect by mail only), as VAWA cases are isolated from all other USCIS departments. My second question: if anyone here had similar to mine time lines on similar to my case, where any of them recently approved? Just want to have a general idea. Third question. Does anyone have a story of trying to enforce I-864? Thank you in advance.
  4. Hello, My immigration lawyer assisted with i-751 filing in January 2018. This was an early filing as my 2-year green card expired in September 2018. Lawyer explained the battered spouse waiver permits early filing. Submitted a 9-page personal statement on the emotional, psychological, and financial control and cruelty I experienced from the now ex-husband. Together with letter from counselor at a domestic violence service provider, psychiatrist diagnosis of PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder, 4 separate police reports, and 6 affidavits from friends supporting the marriage and the subsequent abuse. 19 months later, I received RFE from USCIS stating: 1) my personal statement was credible; 2) insufficient evidence of battered spouse; 3) I need to submit further evidence such as medical reports, photographs of injuries sustained from U.S. Citizen Spouse, and personal statement as well as affidavits from others supporting that I suffered as a battered spouse; 4) no mention of bona fide proof of marriage. The problem is the abuse never became physical. Had I stayed longer, it very well could have become physical. That is besides the point. It has been challenging to manage my emotions since the receipt of this RFE because A: I am reminded of the abuse that I have started to slowly heal from; and B: my immigration lawyer has been on vacation for the past 2.5 weeks. The deadline to submit additional evidence is in 7 weeks. Questions: 1. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Could you please share your experience in terms of what further evidence can be submitted? 2. The marriage has ended in February 2018 with a divorce. I understand should the current i-751 ultimately be denied, I can re-apply with a divorce waiver. Should I re-apply now or proceed with the current filing? 3. Should the current filing ends up in removal proceedings, will I have the opportunity to request in front of an immigration judge to consider my case for a divorce waiver? 4. Since there was no mention of additional evidence requests in the RFE, does that mean USCIS has determined that I submitted sufficient evidence that the marriage was in good faith? My ex-husband did not allow for my name be added to his accounts, instead he asked me to write him checks each month when I got paid. Also, we purchased a co-op apartment together (in both our names), and filed taxes together for 2 years. Much appreciated.
  5. Hello, Just a back story: I applied for my VAWA case on May 2017 and I received a Prima Facie Review of I-360 form right away. (I also received a renewal of the prima facie on Jan 2018 which will expire in July 2018.) I've been flowing the Vemont Service Centers processing times over the old uscis link and they were up to Nov 21, 2016 cases. Now that the website has changed it appears the processing times went back to September 20, 2016. I was relying on the uscis websites timeline but now its conflicting. Does anyone know what dates they are currently working on and how long it would take to reach may 2017?
  6. Hey all, I'm about to file ROC on my conditional Green Card that was based on Marriage, though I filed for divorce this year and plan on utilizing the divorce waiver to file alone. The marriage fell apart due to my citizen-spouse's substance use and mental/emotional/physical abusive behavior toward me; I had to utilize the services of a local domestic abuse non-profit to leave the situation, move out, seek extensive counseling, and file the divorce. I'm choosing the divorce waiver route due to a lack of physical evidence of abuse for VAWA, and because I successfully reached a judgement in the divorce case this month. Question is: I've read that the grounds of the separation must make it clear that the breakup wasn't the fault of the immigrant, otherwise they could face rejection; am I at fault for being the petitioner in the divorce? Should I be concerned about my application for ROC being rejected simply because I'm no longer married to the citizen spouse, or because I initiated the divorce? •••••• I have every piece of evidence in hand I could possibly acquire highlighting that we had co-mingled our finances, shared a life, and were married in good faith to be with one another. My Ex continues to work toward sobriety and seems to want to reconcile somewhere down the line if he can get himself back in shape. These kinds of changes take a lot of time, and the recovery from abuse is an exceptionally delicate subject; reform is unlikely, but possible. I really don't want to be forced to leave the country when it may be that he and I could reconcile at a healthier point in the future. All of the work we put in to be together, and the subsequent separation, are heart-breaking -- and it's a really challenging emotional space to be in while also having to file for ROC! Thanks for any and all help and advice. Xx
  7. This is a question for those familiar with the VAWA process. I completed the K-1 process for a Russian lady, she came to America, we married, filed the I-485, and I immediately knew I had made a big mistake. She was after the green card and nothing else. I withdrew the Affidavit of Support for the I-485 before the green card was issued. Of course she became angry. She refused to sign divorce papers. I assume she went back to Russia because she disappeared completely. I finally got divorced after hiring a Russian lawyer who handled the process in Russia. I suspect this lady filed a VAWA to attempt to get the green card. After the I-485 was filed she began using legalese language like I was trying to control her, and I put my hands on her without her permission (when trying to show a little affection). Her I-485 is still open after 15 months, with status "request for evidence was received." My question is this: how would it affect me if she filed a VAWA? Will my name be used in the evidence she provides to try to show abuse? And specifically, if I decide to try to file another petition for another foreign lady, will this fabricated VAWA be held against me? Will the adjudicators of another petition that I might file know that another lady filed the VAWA and accused me? Thank you very much for any information.
  8. Hello, i enter to USA with my visitor visa in February 2017, i was approved for six months stay. in June I met my husband, we start to date and i was supposed to go back to my home country in August 2017. Because we date he offer me to file for extension so I'll be able to stay without losing my status. I wasn't familiar with the law and the process and he told me that is friend is taking care of this stuff. He took pictures of my visa and passport and i gave him 800$ to fill this application. One month later I asked him about it and he told me its still pending. we move in together in October 2017, we got married in December 2017. At the day we got married he took my passport and never give it to me back . He always told me he need to file some paperwork so ill be able to work. I believed him. Im his first wife. He is my first husband. One month after we got married he start to change. It start from small things- like what I wear, where im going, who is going with me etc. he had opinions on everything. And when we argue he became aggressive yelling at me and always Throwing things at me . I got scared from him but he always came back to ask for forgiveness and always promised "it will not happene again " . I believe him. He makes me think that this is My mistake. He love to gamble, to drink and to smoke. I never had issues with that. But everytime something went wrong with is life i was there to take the hit. he used to push me, or kick me out of the house because he is paying the rent. He used to offer people to pay him so they will spend the night with me and when we go out he yelled "My wife ####### Who wants her for the night?" I told him he hurt me. But he keep telling me "you are my wife and you need to shut up and say amen to everything I said ". iv tried to run away, my passport was with him all the time. One day i told him ill call the police (he said he will kill me) and He laughed. He told me im out of status and they will take me to jail "i never file the extension i used the money for gambling so if you want to call you can do it but ill make sure you will go to jail. And no one will help you." I was scared. Im not jail person. I never brake the law. I was dependent on him. I did not work. I had no money. I had nowhere else to go. So I asked for forgiveness every time. I really believed he will stop doing that. i got pregnant, he didn't like it. "now you will be more ugly and fat" " i will kill you and the baby " he start to force me to have sex with him. I cry, begged for him to stop. That didn't help. In my 6 weeks pregnant after he forced me to have sex with him i felt pain, i go to hospital never told him nothing but i had infection. In August, in my 7 months of pregnancy, he Kick me out of the house again. This time I decided not to come back. I preferred to be on the street. I was afraid I would lose my fetus because of him. I found a man who understood that I needed help, he did not ask me questions and I did not tell him anything. My husband looked for me and sent me threatening messages. I did not answer him. In December 2018 I gave birth to my son. At the hospital, I asked for a passport, which I did not had because my husband hold it. I turned to my husband and asked for the passport, since my mother had come to the birth and did not know what was happening to us. He brought it to me. He kept threatening me, "Do not forget I decide what your fate is. One word of mine and they will take you to jail and the baby will take the social services " I was afraid it was true. So I run away to my home country. In my home country they refused to register my son under my name because I missing documents that I cannot provide. Ill not able to get any single mom benefits because they refused to register him. I reached US Embassy in my home country- they cannot help. They give me form to fill and send but this process can take months. I heard recently on VAWA I believed im qualified to apply for that. Because my overstayed I cannot get back to us. I really don't know what to do. The vawa process time is about 2 years. 2 years that ill not be able to support my son, give him medical attention or even place to sleep. I was wondering, there is any way to cancel the ten year bar so ill be able to get back with my son and work and get all his benefits while the i-360 is pending? there is any way to expedited the application? if I knew about vawa earlier and that i have my rights i never go back to my home country. i really hope someone will answer me and tell me what can i do. Im looking for attorney but no one is reaching me back. Thanks.
  9. Hello Everyone, I moved to the US in August, 2016 through the K1 Visa (Fiance Visa). I married my husband, we sent all documents and forms to adjust my status on September, 2016, and after a few months things didn't worked out well. Not only the psychological but the physical abuse happened. I was luck to make friends in the city and they helped me to get out from him. I only had my EAD card and I believe that he did something to stop my adjustment of status, because until today still pending. I was able to renew my EAD card, and I sent my VAWA on November, 2017. I received my Prima Facie and everything still pending. The VAWA, the AOS and my second EAD renewal. I'm still legally married and I was reading that I must divorce him before the VAWA approval, is that right? If I divorce him, it must be a contested divorce? I see everywhere victims of domestic violence can divorce without your husband but I don't know how should I do. My husband sent me an email with a uncontested divorce agreement asking me to sign and send him back but I don't trust him - He is asking to sign a page that can be removed easily and attached to another document. Can I divorce without a lawyer? I'm in NYC.
  10. hello, please i need an urgent advise. my abused spouse cancelled his form i130 july 2018 though we filed it separately from my i785,131,485..i just checked just to find out that my ead card was approved and an interview date was schedule for dec 21 and card was recieve by dec 5.i dont live with him anymore..i dont know what to do..i already have an ead caard based on my vawa petition but am scared cos i lived with a criminal that never told me about his past and i am scared he might use that card to comit crime to implicate me. please i need an urgent advise and i intend to call my lawyer tomorrow but am wondering cos i gave my lawyer all my formal reciepts and i told him when he cancelled his i130 and my lawyer told me he doesnt care if he cancelled it but he has filed for me a new aos based on vawa..please i am trying to avoid nta and this man is evil, he might have gone to tell lies.
  11. I filed for VAWA case sept. 2016 I received RFE on August 11th 2017, which according to the attorney was very extensive, it asked for evidence on: -Good faith marriage -Good moral character (I already submitted clearance from the sheriff department and affidavits from people in the US, now they require clearance from back home -Egypt) -Evidence on battery/abuse etc -Evidence that we cohabited Attorney from the start of the meeting said very clearly that me, being Muslim, male could be a factor in making my case very unlikely to be approved... With that said, I didn't have enough evidence on good faith marriage other than tons of pictures together and a statement or two from friends, and then my personal statement truthfully explaining the situation. Then the "Egyptian" background clearance thing was practically impossible for me in the time frame (3 months) and I explained that I provided a clearance to the embassy/Department of State before I came to the US which is mandatory thing, being here means I already passed such a check and I didn't leave the states since then. Attorney also attached a copy from a MBA degree that I obtained in the US as part of this segment of RFE response. I provided a letter on counseling sessions that I attended previously and I provided another statement from a psychiatric (extensive evaluation) that said I have concerning level of depression and severe trauma etc I couldn't provide insurance or lease copy but I sent several receipts on the address and a joint bank statement etc I also explained in my statement that the time I spent there was brief and I couldn't stay for too long and preferred homelessness over abuse. I explained that during this short marriage it didn't occur to me to gather evidences on such things because I didn't have all that in mind, I knew about VAWA by coincidence when I was looking for some help in a non profit and they advised me to do that. We sent the RFE response on Nov 2nd 2017, and now the USCIS processing time for Vermont says they are on cases from Sept 2016. Do they process RFEs as a new case, or will it be sooner? and why I have a very bad feeling about that? even the attorney -I can tell she had very little confidence ...
  12. I came to united states 2017 with my Husband who was during that time a Member of the Armed Forces. I met him 2015, we got married and lived together for almost 2 years in Germany.I'm a German citizen. initially i didn't want to come to the united states because of his anger issues i was scared it was going to get worst and he would've had much power and control over me, since i don't have close family members in the US, but after a long conversation and long thinking i didn't want to give my marriage up neither my Husband so i gave us the benefit of the doubt to work on our issues. Whenever we got to his new duty station, Washington, he started with his aggressive behavior over again, even worst! Everytime i didn't do what he wanted me to do, he threated me with immigration and how he was going to kick me out. his new duty station didn't make it better. He used to gamble the money my parents was supporting me with and his money since we had a joint bank account, up to the point where we didn't had no food in the house and i had to beg neighbors and friends for help. He used to get mad and upset with me about this and used to hit me and mistreat me. He eventually after me overstaying my visitor visa and after begging him to please help me get a status so i can work and support both of us too, he applied for my Immigration paperwork. Notice Date for Biometrics: August, 22 2017 Receipt: September, 11th 2017 - I130 -I765 -I131 -I485 Biometric Appointment: October, 3rd 2017 Notice of Action: December, 23rd 2017 -I131 -I765 Notice of Decision: January, 9th 2018 -I485 Denied. Due to his abuse my Neighbor called the Police on the 19th of November 2017, my Husband had punched me a blue eye. He left the Apartment and at the same time my Neighbor brought me to the Hospital. It was a medical and Police Report Issued, he got charged with Aggravated Assault 3rd Degree. 2 weeks after that he withdrawl his petition saying that i commited fraud and i only was married to him to get a Green Card. He's case is still pending till this day. We tried to work it out after all that happen again, but then he put his hands on me again and i had to leave the apartment ever since i've been staying with a close friend. He filed for a Divorce: July, 31st 2018 Served Civil Summons: July, 31st 2018 Final Divorce Hearing : October, 1st 2018 Now I'm trying to figure out if the VAWA Petition would be the best solution for me? I'm really going crazy, because i overstayed my this entire time, I'm scared that if i go back home i would have big to face consequences and I feel sorry for everybody in a situation like, feeling this helpless and hopeless can have you fall into depression. Can someone please help me and give me advice.
  13. Hi guys! I filed I 360, 485 concurrently in Vermont in March 2017. I360 approved in September 2017 and transferred October 2017 to the San Diego field office. Since then no action has been taken on my case. Is someone else in a similar situation ??? Why does it take soooooooo long
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