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  1. Hi everyone, I came to the US with a K-1 visa after 2 years of processing, got married to a USC, then my spouse showed their true self and started being abusive towards me (sexual coercion, threats of deportation, lots of gaslighting, cut me off of all of our credit cards and removed me from our joint bank accounts, as well as an extensive abuse of drugs and alcohol.) Anyways, I have been informing myself about VAWA and have started gathering as much evidence as possible to try to get out of this situation. My regular AOS process is going by rather fast (March '22 filer) and was wondering whether I should submit VAWA prior to my i485 interview and go to interview without my spouse, or hold off and go to the interview with my spouse and then file for VAWA? Is it possible to apply for VAWA and still go to the AOS interview with my spouse? Timeline: App (i485, i130, i131, i765) submitted - Feb 15 2022 PD - Mar 04 2022 Biometrics notice - Mar 25 2022 Biometrics appointment - Apr 19 2022 Thank you all for your help.
  2. Hi VJ Fam, So I did submit my VAWA Application and I received a Prima Facie, and AP. Only my EAD was sent back for RFE. It states that I didn't submit sufficient evidence. My previous EAD was approved based on marriage with my ex-wife. We are currently divorced and she withdrew the last i-485. I applied for a new i-485 and also got a receipt for that petition. My question now is, what evidences do I need to send back to USCIS in response to my RFE for EAD. Thanks
  3. Hi, I am very confused and i dont know what to do. i filed with help of attorney my Vawa application together with i-485 in 2019 Augustus. In 2020 October i got an update on my case that my case approval was certified by USCIS and sent to appropriate appellate office. My lawyer told me it was an approval, I doubt about it cause I didn’t receive any c09 category work and neither approval notice. In few days my case will be outside the process time. I no longer have lawyer and i am looking for new one who can help me out with my case . Whats the next steps i can do?
  4. Hi My attorney is asking me to pay 5000 to submit form i824 and go through consular processing. Can I use my foreign address with USCIS and NVC so I can work on my application myself instead of depending on my attorney that is depleting me financially with no real help. How can I receive my USCIS and NVC mail on my address outside the US instead of my attorney U.S address?
  5. Hi everyone sorry if I’m posting this in the wrong section. I need to submit the form i824 on approved petition so my file gets transferred to the NVC and then start the process of the immigration visa and consular processing. since my i360 vawa petition fees were waived, can I also request the fee for i824 to be waived as well? I also just read that I have to submit a fee for an immigration visa application to NVC and another fee to USCIS before departing to the US for green card to be issued and mailed? Can these be waived as well? I don’t mind paying the immigration visa fees, but I honestly hope I can at least get the I824 fee to be waived. if anyone has any information regarding these fees or can direct me to the correct discussion section, your help is highly appreciated 🙏 thank you
  6. Hello guys, I'm so excited about this forum, I wish I knew this website earlier on. Mine is an abnormal experience with bad ending at the end. Since day one, it has been a very rough expiriences, And that has really changed my life for good. Here is my story; By 2010, I had completed my college studies in Kenya, then same year I got my first job after internship, then I got my second employment with CDC until I left Kenya for USA in 2015. My whole family life and background is Christianity, both parents were reknown preachers. Myself I had moved to the capital city of Kenya for work. There I met my long lost friend who within short time we moved in together, she became pregnant, carrying my child. It was the best thing ever to me, we named my daughter after my mother. We didn't do any ceremonial marriage, but in Kenya, that's how majority of people become legally wife and husband, it either through either come we stay or customary marriage, as per your own tribal affiliations. FLASHBACK: My mother had been struggling with different medical conditions, we took her in our house and tried to get her treatments in the capital city of Kenya. Earlier, my younger brother joined the US army around 2008, then around 2009-2010 the US army command invited us, his family to attend their pass out parade. By then my father didn't have his passport, it was stolen from him while my mom was in and out of hospital. So my mom and I went to the embassy for visiting visa and we were denied and the fees are non refundable. They said in a pink or blue paper That we lack enough evidence/attachment back home! As a family we felt so bad because my brother in the army graduated alone without any relative or friends, since we knew nobody in US back then. After the graduation, he was deployed in middle East, and its during military break that he came to visit us, his coming really calmed us down, part of him being away and alone from the rest of the family could be the reason why my mom regularly fell sick more than before. Around end of 2014, my mom got good news, that her Greencard petition filled by my younger brother in the army had been approved. Still she couldn't go alone, so my brother booked an appointment for my younger sister, but again because of various reasons, he added my father to the visa appointment list then at the tail end he added me. Infact I was informed very late that I'm part of the group going to the embassy, that's two weeks preparedness to the appointment. My father was so excited, he requested that we help him fast(stay without food) for seven days which I did. The other sister didn't even try for a single day. FAST-FORWARD; the two of us, we got Visa to go alongside mom and also witness a ceremony for my brother. Family didn't want to waste any time, so they quickly asked us to go, while I had problem with in my house!! but anyway!! so we left. Now, on our arrival, things were okay although my brother had been deployed very same day we arrived, so he picked us from the airport and then left for his military duty. Then day two, his gf/wife(of my brother) arrived from I guess work and she began to mistreat us. Every few hours she kept on complaining about my brother, bills or anything related to us. My mom had Fistula, and the wife/GF will insult or keep on bullying my mom about taking shower or put nylons cover on her seats/bed/cars, she would spray cologne or remind me to do laundry, which I was already doing since Kenya. But her shouting to my mom was unnecessary!!! Immediately on our second day, the wife would insist that I have to go back because they have huge bill's. Myself because of pressure and fear I tried calling the airline to see if they can switch my return date from the issued date to the next day, but the airline refused to change departure dates. She wasnt done yet,she went to the store, bought wigs then told me to pack then say Hi to the rest of people in Kenya! That's chasing me out indirectly! She brought my two light lagguages into the dining area and told me to say hi to my people in Kenya. Since day two she repeatedly told us that their apartment can't accommodate 3 adults at once! That I must leave ASAP.. Flashback; Myself, before our flight to USA, my relationship in Kenya was not okay. The mother of my daughter kept on cheating, worse one I caught thread of text messages on her phone, that's on the very day God gave us my daughter, in those texts she assured him that the child she's about to give birth is his. Myself I was surprised why and who sent presents, clothes, toys and money to our house!!!, Just a day before she delivered. We had an argument over that and she insisted that the guy was an ex who won't stop following her...!! So during our staying together in Kenya especially immediately we became parents, she all over sudden became wild to me, she would disappear and reappear whenever she wanted. Many nights I was left nursing my daughter alone and sometimes my young daughter wouldn't sleep forcing me to go to work very late, hungry or sleepy. Her mother would then appear in the morning and would begin to insult me the whole day via SMS and then verbally. So when I arrived in the US, the very same night, she swept the house back in Kenya and vanished. It's the neighbors that called and alerted my sister to pick up my daughter from the gate of our rental house in Nairobi as the mom had been picked up by a man with senior Kenyan police uniform and they left the doors of the House open and my daughter stranded. To date I strongly believe she is not a human but a beast! No sane African woman would do that!! Not even if I was a monster or mistreated her or the kid gave her troubles!! I would never forget nor forgive her for that, and I'll make sure my daughter knows this when she grows up. So I was stressed in America, at times I went to the roadside to see If I can spot any Kenyan to help me fly back to Kenya Asap. Then my brother came back after a week or so, he noticed how stressed we were, my mom was hiding my passport cause she didn't want me to go back and leave the two of them alone!! My brother took us out for a tour , we visited various places but I was still stressed and going through a lot. In the afternoon, he then took us to a Kenyan event, there I met Kenyans who some were really nice. At the nearby fishpond I met a lady, she was to stay overnight,she requested I helped her with fixing a tent. I fixed it, we introduce ourselves to each other, Long story short she had Kenyan food, she then invited us to her tent for food and fireplace, we exchanged contacts, her sister and inlaws also introduced themselves. This were the only friends that we now had. She visited us, brought us shoppings. Gave us address and contacts for free food(food stamp, but we never used them), connected us to local Churches that can help us , connected us to local Kenyans around us, told me about GPS and buses etc. And that's how I met my American wife. She invited us to her house, then regularly came to our apartment, I told her my past story, she adviced me not to go back. Soon we became couples, bought clothes for my mother, directed me to hospitals that could help my mom.... And I began to feel comfortable or okay. After a while things changed, she didn't want me to visit my parents anymore, I learnt that she had alot of financial problems from her past, I tried to help her out by working two to three jobs but at times I payed for the same bill twice or more after every two weeks. She didn't accept I pay by credit/debitcard but only by giving her the money then she'll pay herself which she didn't pay at all. She began to tell lies, any mistake in the house she would make it appear as if it's me who did them. Took the keys from me, hide USCIS mails from me, I bacame a maid, cooking dishes but she would still complain. She always made sure I don't have money on me. Yet she knew I was taking care of my parents food and bills. My brother lost his law enforcement job around 2018, military doesn't pay that much, so I managed our needs, my daughter's needs in Kenya and parents needs. My mom and father health worsened, she filed paper for me, I-130 approved but then she began to threaten me with deportation, she declined to attend USCIS interview, soon I found out that she is alcoholic yet earlier she lied to my family that she was a Christian. I understand that I snore, but it's not that bad. She forced me to sleep on the floor or wake me up the whole night complaining that I make her uncomfortable! This forced me to work continuously to avoid being told that I snore loud, waking her sister's dog, that my feet or socks smell or being slapped, denied food which I bought or she refused to open the door and refused to give me copy after we changed the locks, even my mails she hid them from me. A year later my late father was diagnosed with diabetes, yet before that he was a very healthy man, at his age he could do 3-5 miles running with so much ease. So my by 2019 I discovered she had divorced me without telling me, I had joined tracking so most of the time I was away on the road. Last year as Covid-19, I was also going through difficulty. My father suddenly was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I took him to various hospitals, they refused to even help him because of COVID-19. All they did was remind us that he'll die in two to three weeks time. I was introduced to this attorney by my Church pastor, our church summoned her but she refused to come and even responded by insults. I told this attorney everything and he filed VAWA for me. He assured me I have a strong case. I got prima facie few days later. By January of of 2021 my father became seriously ill, he was fainting and hiccups, he began to beg me to return him back home. By March he was weak, couldn't even stand, eat or use bathroom. He was just crying he want me to take him back. Him and I organized a day, we went to a track that both of us used to do excercise, I pushed him on a wheelchair, we both cried not knowing what our future bet will be!! So I brought him back, three days after arrival he died in my arms. So after arrival I have been thinking about my past experiences, up to where I'm. I haven't laughed or smile for the last several years!! I'm glad to be closer to my daughter, but I'm still broke looking for job. My ex wife hurt my knee,she pushed me down the stairs, so I can't be standing for long. Also my elderly brother back in Kenya took advantage of my parents absence then he sold our land and cattles. My mom she is permanent resident but she has refused to go back to USA. she's also traumatized, my brother is also traumatized. I guess his is from military. He speaks alone and other private stuff I won't write here for his respect and respect for USA army. Before I left my ex wife, I went to pick my stuff, she didn't give me my passport, I had to call police for her to open the door. She has tore my documents, refused to give me my clothes.. I tray back to Kenya like an alien. No passport no clothes!!! I came empty hands!! Even my daughter she keep on asking questions that I can't answer. My school mates, neighbors are spreading lies that I was deported, plus many other things. People are staring at me, others nodding or shaking head when I pass by the road. Man!!! I have gone through alot, this is just a quick summary, if I write the full thing, it will take days to read. But.....I wish all of you pending applicants all the best. God will fullfil the desires of your heart. Peace guys!!!!
  7. please don’t close this topic till I get the proper help or at least I get a chance to respond referring to the old topic that was closed members replied that you cannot apply for vawa from abroad which is not correct. Actually you can submit i360 through the US embassy and go through consular processing. Some history, I’m married to an abusive USC and submitted a form of i360 with all required documents and have received a prima facie back in 2020. no i485 my attorney told me that I cannot get an advance parole till the i360 is approved so waiting till 2021 I had to leave the States and go back to home country to see my dying parents without an AP because it wasn’t easy just staying in the US knowing you might lose both your parents before seeing them forever. Many people leave the states and apply for vawa through consular processing at the US embassy, so if you don’t have the knowledge please to response with false information. my question is just about the legal residency being on a student\work visa Not really looking for help with vawa illegibility because I am illegible and I have already applied 2 years ago and still pending. so again my question Regarding “legal residency” is: Plz help if you have any info, it’s urgent, I read that a petitioner can submit the vawa petition or do the interview and immigration visa through the U.S embassy in the home country or the U.S embassy in the country where the petitioner have a “legal residency” Is being on a visa (such as a student/work visa) in a third country that isn’t the home country considered a legal residencywhere I can do my interview at or receive my vawa based immigration visa? if anyone can advise with any helpful info or knows who I can ask such questions or if there’s another thread to help me answer this question because I might need to move outta the original country Thanks in advance
  8. Hi everyone I am truly the saddest I have ever been in my life. I found all the notes my husband has been writing about me and our marriage. How he plans on getting a divorce soon How he plans to upgrade from me soon. How he’s using me for only sex. This is not the marriage I signed up for. I love this man to pieces and have been so sad after I saw all these. There no love from him in my marriage. The thing he filed both my AOS and I-130, but I want to let those go and file for vawa instead. Do I qualify for that? I am not sure what to do?
  9. hello guys, i switched my case to vawa . my ead expired since the last march 2020. i didn't renew it because I thought that I have to wait until my case get approved under vawa . but i received a lot of advices that i can renew my ead by filing I765 form and I131 form c9 category. i filed them the last and the Vermont Service Center receive them . my question is do i have to refiled I-485 form ? when i filed the vawa , my i485 form was on pending
  10. I start this thread for n400 june 2021 filers . my timeline, june 8th 2021 - file for n400 vawa based 3 years rule. june20th 2021 - biometric reuse notice waiting for interview ☺️
  11. VAWA Topic about ALL the evidence needed. Feel free to share what you have, don't have or you're missing and trying to obtain.
  12. Hello everybody. I sent i 765 form to renew my EAD since November 3rd, 2021 under C9 category but until now i haven't receive any anything from vermont center even Receipt notice . i filed vawa the last december 2020. I am being stressed and don't know what to do. Do i have to send them a letter or i just have to wait ? Please i rely need advice
  13. Good morning , can somebody tell me the address to send the i 765 form for renewing my EAD under vawa case ? I live in new york . My other question : should i put C9 or C31 ?
  14. Hi , i am really worried about my case , i switched my I 130 case to I 360 vawa December 2020 , i sent rfe on MAY and i got the notice they received. After that i dont have any update from uscis . I am still waiting for my case be approved. Now my questions are Can i renew my EAD because it expired since march and i need to work? What is the best solution ? Thank you
  15. Hello, I am trying to find some information. I don't mean to put down anyone, I am just looking for unbiased visa information. I came to the United States with a tourist visa in 2019 and my visa was extended due to Covid-19. During that time I met my now wife and we got married in September 2020. My marriage was in good faith but unfortunately my wife has issues with alcohol. It has taken a toll on us both emotionally, psychologically, and economically. I have collected all of the necessary documents to apply for my green card but sometimes she's not in the right mind set. I am not confident in actually filing for the green card in her situation. We have tried working on it but as I have mentioned her abuse of alcohol has taken a toll on our lives. I was wondering if anyone has experienced a similar situation. What step can I take, am I able to apply by myself? Divorce is not certain at this point but if it does come to that how will that affect my visa situation? Will I be able to apply for a green card? Any information is much appreciated. I am open to messages if you need more information.
  16. Hello folks, I have got a quick question, I have filed Vawa on 11 February 2020, still didn’t get response yet , anyone who have filed I 360 application February 2020 and got approved their case ?? Plz respond thank you
  17. 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.
  18. After 14 month of filling I 360, VAWA I got RFE on 6 pages for more additional evidence in 3 chapters: SHARED RESIDENSE; BATTERY OR EXTREME CRUELTY and GOOD FAITH MARRIAGE. Is this almost denial? I don't have police report but I represent 6 Affidavits from my friends and family and USCIS says it is insufficient evidence. Does somebody experienced the same situation? Please, help and I have to answer till March 4th. It takes much time to write and gather again all this affidavits.
  19. Hi, I currently have a i485 pending. however, my spouse (usc) and I been fighting. She has been emotionally abusive, uncontrolled angry toward me and my family. She got physical last time. Cops were called. We have a 18 month old daughter as well. I’m trying to evaluate my options. Should I apply for VAWA? Do I qualify? What else do I need to show as proof? How long does it take and please share ur experience if you don’t mind. thanks
  20. Hi VJ, I have been lurking on this forum for a long time, in hopes of finding answers to my questions. I’m in a very difficult situation, hope you guys could maybe shed some light in my situation, or give a reality check if needed. This is going to be long, please bear with me. I entered the US as F-1 student, fell out of status because my father fell ill and I could not continue my study anymore. By that time, I have already met my USC husband, so I made a mistake to stay here. During the time I’m out of status, we got into fights multiple times which resulted both of us being arrested for DV. I myself were arrested twice, but both cases was dismissed. I remember receiving NTA(s) following the arrest while I was being detained. But I have lost the copies. Never went to immigration court, because I was ignorant about immigration law and did not know what to do. We got married eventually. I filed FOIAs with multiple agency, by myself and with help of lawyer. But nothing comes back because I do not have an A number on hand. Best case scenario, I don’t have deportation order and I could file for green card through my husband. Worst case scenario I have been removed, twice maybe, and there is no chance for me to adjust my status. Consulted with multiple immigration lawyers, and they all give me different answers. One lawyer thinks I do not have deportation orders, so I could go ahead and file AOS. Adviced that I might need a 601 waiver. Another lawyer thinks I have a solid case for VAWA, so I should do that and adjust my status in court, if I have been administratively deported. If not, file with USCIS. But I believe I would have to deal with issue of overstaying F1 visa? The lawyer did not elaborate on that. What should I do if I cannot find info on my immigration case? I don’t even know if I have deportation order(s) or not. Filing AOS could just lend me in another removal proceeding. I understand that I need a very good reason to reopen deportation case because I did not attend the removal proceedings. If I file VAWA would there be a possibility to reopen/cancel the deportation? All of the lawyers I have consulted with sounded very promising, but then again they are for profit. I am willing to pay but what if those are just empty promises. I have been stuck in limbo for so long, depressed and anxious about my whole situation. Worse case scenario I have no hope in adjusting and I’ll just go home and cannot enter US for 10-20 years or more. I’m about to give up so maybe I should just do that. Thank you so much for reading this long article of mine. I appreciate all opinion and advice. Even if you do not have a solution to my case, I appreciate you for reading my rent. Hope that I did not stress you with my situation though. To everyone who is filing for immigration benefits, I wish you the best of luck. And to all the immigration experts on this forum, you guys have been amazing and super helpful in giving advice to people on here, thank you. MM
  21. Hi everyone 🙂 I am glad this forum exists to help guide people like me on steps to take towards finding a solution to my situation. I am in the process of filing the VAWA , but I do not know what documents to provide as evidence to support my case. I have lived in US for 5 years and I have been married for a little over a year. We got married in 2019 and filed the I-485 in 2019. My marriage has been difficult and in shambles for the longest time. My Green Card interview is on Monday. But things have been so bad between us... I do not know where my husband is and I am homeless at the moment. I made up my mind this week to file the VAWA, but I do not know how to go about initiating the process and the documentation to provide as evidence. Also, my husband and I have limited documentation together. The only documents with both our names on it is our Marriage License and the 2019 tax document. Is there anyone who can guide me in regards to documents to provide in support of my application? Also, what should I expect if I do not show up for the I-485 interview? In addition to that, can I possibly use a P.O. Box to get my letters pending when I have an address? Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.
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