When you are seeking a green card under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), there are a number of different requirements that must be met. To fulfill most of these requirements, you will need the proper documentation. Here are some of the documents you may need for your petition.
A VAWA petitioner must show that they are, or were, married to their abuser. It must also be shown that the marriage was legal and that any previous marriages had been dissolved due to death or divorce. The documents you can use to prove this requirement include:
A VAWA petitioner must also show that the abuser was a United States citizen or legal permanent resident. This can be accomplished by presenting:
It must be established that the petitioner lives with or lived with the abuser. There are a number of different documents that can be used to establish residence, including:
VAWA petitioners are required to show that they were subject to battery or extreme cruelty by the abuser. The documents needed to prove abuse may be difficult for the petitioner to obtain on their own because it involves extensive contact with public officials. It may be helpful to hire an attorney who can obtain documents such as:
A VAWA petitioner must establish that they are a person of good moral character. This generally means that the petitioner follows the law. It can also mean that the petitioner positively contributed to their family and community. The following documents can be used to establish good moral character:
If you want to explore your options under VAWA, you should consult with an immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants, we have extensive experience helping VAWA petitioners. Contact us online or call us at 305-907-6151 to schedule a consultation.