Can I apply for a VAWA green card if I do not live with my abuser?

Can I apply for a VAWA green card if I do not live with my abuser?

To apply for a green card on the basis of suffering battery or extreme cruelty, you must submit evidence to show that you lived with your abusive spouse. However you do not have to be living with your abusive spouse at the time you file your VAWA green card application. You can wait until you are living separately to file your VAWA application.

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I am applying for VAWA in the U.S. as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. Do I have to go to an interview?

I am applying for VAWA in the U.S. as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. Do I have to go to an interview?

There is no interview required for Form I-360, but there is an interview required for your Form I-485 Application to Adjust Status. At the interview, the USCIS officer will ask you questions to confirm whether you are eligible to receive a green card, but the officer usually will not ask questions about the abuse you suffered. Therefore, it is important to submit as much evidence as possible to prove you suffered abuse, including a thorough written statement. 

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Can I apply for VAWA if I get a divorce?

Can I apply for VAWA if I get a divorce?

Yes. You can file a Form I-360 VAWA petition if the marriage was terminated within two years prior to the date you filed Form I-360. You must also demonstrate a connection between the termination of the marriage and the battery or extreme cruelty you suffered.

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What should I write in my VAWA personal statement?

What should I write in my VAWA personal statement?

First, you should provide sufficient information for USCIS to determine that you entered into your marriage with your spouse in good faith. Next, you must describe the battery or extreme cruelty you suffered. Finally, you should describe how you are a person of good moral character.

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I worked in the U.S. without authorization, can I apply for a green card through VAWA?

I worked in the U.S. without authorization, can I apply for a green card through VAWA?

Yes, you may apply for a green card through VAWA even if you overstayed your visa and worked without authorization. Pursuant to section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a person is ineligible to receive a green card if she failed to maintain lawful status in the U.S. or violated the terms of her nonimmigrant status. But pursuant to INA sections 245(c)(2) and (c)(8), these restrictions do not apply to applicants for a green card through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 

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How much does it cost to apply for a VAWA green card?

How much does it cost to apply for a VAWA green card?

Yes, you can still apply for VAWA even if you do not have any income. To apply for a VAWA green card, you must file two main forms: Form I-360 and Form I-485. There is no fee required to file Form I-360. Currently, the fee to file Form I-485 is $1,225. But the fee for Form I-485 can be waived if you satisfy any of the following conditions.

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What is the process for applying for VAWA in the U.S.? 

What is the process for applying for VAWA in the U.S.? 

The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) allows a noncitizen who has been abused by a family member to file a petition to adjust status without the knowledge of the abusive family member. The process for applying for VAWA for a person who currently resides in the U.S. consists of several steps. 

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Who can apply for a green card on the basis of domestic abuse?

Who can apply for a green card on the basis of domestic abuse?

The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) permits non-citizens who have been abused by their U.S. citizen or green card holder relatives to apply for a green card without the abuser’s consent, knowledge, or participation. This allows victims of domestic violence to seek safety and independence from abusers who would otherwise be able to interfere with their green card application.

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Can I apply for a green card while applying for VAWA?

Can I apply for a green card while applying for VAWA?

Under the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), you may be eligible to obtain a green card if you are a victim of abuse. As a VAWA self-petitioner, you generally have three options regarding applying for a green card: you may either (1) apply for a green card at the same time you file your VAWA petition, (2) apply for a green card while your VAWA petition is pending, or (3) apply for a green card after your VAWA petition is approved.

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How do I prove I was abused to apply for a VAWA green card?

How do I prove I was abused to apply for a VAWA green card?

To prove you are eligible for a green card through VAWA, you must submit evidence that you are a victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by an applicable family member. The phrase “battery or extreme cruelty” covers most forms of domestic abuse, including actual or threatened physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and economic control.

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