Self Petition Under the Violence Against Women Act

Learn how you can self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act. Don’t be another victim of domestic violence!

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Overview

The battered spouse, either male or female, or former spouse of a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident may file a self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act. The petition is submitted without the abusive spouse ever being notified. Furthermore, the battered spouse may petition without being required to first separate from the abusive spouse.

To succeed in the petition, the applicant must prove the following:

  • Evidence of abuse;
  • Good faith marriage;
  • The immigration status of the citizen or LPR spouse;
  • Good moral character; and
  • Past residence with the abusive family member.

Benefits

  • Obtain lawful permanent residency without help from the abusive spouse or ex-spouse
  • Preserve your future eligibility for U.S. citizenship
  • Ability to terminate abusive relationships without losing your immigration benefits

Eligibility

A battered spouse is eligible to self-petition if he or she:

  • Is still married to a U.S. citizen or an LPR and the marriage was entered into within two (2) years prior to filing; or
  • Was married to a U.S. citizen or an LPR and the marriage was terminated by divorce or death within two years prior to filing; or
  • The abusive spouse lost or renounced citizenship or permanent resident status within the 2 years prior to filing due to an incident of domestic violence, or
  • Believed that she was legally married to the abusive spouse but the marriage was not legitimate solely because of the bigamy of the abusive spouse.

The petitioning spouse may also include unmarried children under age 21.

Process

Our attorneys will prepare a packet documenting the good faith marriage and the abuse suffered. The self-petition is filed on Form I-360. Our attorneys will prepare and file all necessary documents and prepare you for your interview with USCIS.

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* Our representation includes all necessary steps to submit your self-petition under VAWA. This includes interview preparation and attendance when necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to remain married to my abusive spouse until my self-petition is approved?

No. Previously, the regulations required that the petitioning spouse remained married to the abusive spouse. Now, a battered spouse may file a VAWA self-petition whether the applicant is still married, or if the marriage was terminated by divorce or death within two (2) years prior to filing the petition. If the marriage terminated through divorce, the grounds for termination do not need to cite battery or extreme cruelty. However, the petitioning spouse does need to show some connection between the termination of the marriage and the battery or extreme cruelty. Generally, termination of marriage after the petition has been filed will not affect the status of the petition.

Can a divorced spouse file a VAWA self-petition?

Yes. A divorced spouse may file a self-petition if the marriage ended within two (2) years prior to filing and he or she can show a connection between the termination of the marriage and the abuse.

Can I remarry after filing my VAWA self-petition and before the petition is approved?

No. Re-marriage will cause the petition of the battered spouse to be denied if the re-marriage occurs prior to the petition being approved by USCIS. After the petition is approved, re-marriage will not affect the status of the petition.

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