Author: Rose H. Robbins

Report on the Operations of the VAWA at the USCIS Vermont Service Center

Executive Summary of Report to Congress, October 22, 2010

This report fulfills the requirement set forth in Section 238 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA 2008) (P.L. 110-457) that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report on the operations of the specially-trained Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) no later than six months after passage of the TVPRA.

The following are the principal conclusions of the report:

° The VSC, through its specialized VAWA Unit, is the sole service center that adjudicates petitions pertaining to VAWA special immigrants and applications and petitions pertaining to T and U nonimmigrant status.

° The VAWA Unit historically has demonstrated a higher degree of staff seniority within USCIS and has a lower rate of staff turnover than other units at VSC. Staff members assigned to the VAWA Unit generally remain with the unit unless and until reassigned at the request of the employee or due to promotion.

° The VAWA Unit has grown in size to reduce processing times and accommodate new workloads, including adjustment of status requests by T and U nonimmigrants. Recently, the VAWA Unit doubled the number of adjudicators assigned to U nonimmigrant status requests and has shown significant progress in reducing the backlog of pending U nonimmigrant cases.

° Members of the VAWA Unit undergo rigorous initial training, and the training regimen is significantly more thorough and of greater duration than in other product lines at VSC. Initial training is followed by a lengthy period of mentorship of newer officers by more senior adjudicators.

° Initial training is augmented by frequent in-house meetings, training sessions, and conferences at VSC and by conferences featuring policy updates from Headquarters personnel and technical expertise from advocacy organizations.

° The VAWA Unit benefits from frequent consultation and continuous operational and policy-related dialogue with USCIS Headquarters units, including the Office of Chief Counsel, Office of Policy and Strategy, and Office of Service Center Operations. This includes an ongoing monthly conference call between the VAWA Unit and VSC management and the aforementioned Headquarters offices.

Read the entire report here.

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USCIS Vermont Service Center VAWA Unit Contact Information

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VAWA Contact Phone number: 1-(802) 527-4888

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VAWA Contact Email: hotlinefollowupI360.vsc@dhs.gov

VAWA Mailing Address:

US Citizenship & Immigration Services

Vermont Service Center

Attn: VAWA

75 Lower Welden

St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

 

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What are the Requirements for a Battered Spouse to be Eligible for a Green Card under Violence Against Women Act – VAWA in 2014?

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As a battered spouse, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The VAWA provisions in the INA allow certain spouses of U.S. citizens and certain spouses of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser’s knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing.

Which Battered Spouses are Eligible to File under VAWA?

You may file for yourself if you are, or were, the abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may also file as an abused spouse if your child has been abused by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse. You may also include on your petition your unmarried children who are under 21 if they have not filed for themselves.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for a Spouse to File under VAWA?

A) Qualifying spousal relationship:

You are married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident abuser or

your marriage to the abuser was terminated by death or a divorce (related to the abuse) within the 2 years prior to filing your petition, or

your spouse lost or renounced citizenship or permanent resident status within the 2 years prior to filing your petition due to an incident of domestic violence, or

you believed that you were legally married to your abusive U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse but the marriage was not legitimate solely because of the bigamy of your abusive spouse.

B) You have suffered battery/extreme cruelty by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse:

You have been abused by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, or

your child has been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by your U.S. or permanent resident spouse.

C) You entered into the marriage in good faith, not solely for immigration benefits.

D) You have resided with your spouse.

E) You are a person of good moral character.

What is the Filing Process under VAWA?

You must complete the Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, including all supporting documentation.

If you are living abroad at the time of filing the self-petition, you may file Form I-360 if:

the abuser is an employee of the U.S. government,

the abuser is a member of the uniformed services, or

you were subjected to battery or extreme cruelty in the United States.

If you are a self-petitioning spouse or child and you meet all filing requirements, you will receive a notice (Prima Facie Determination Notice) valid for 150 days that you can present to government agencies that provide certain public benefits to certain victims of domestic violence.

If your Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant is approved and you do not have legal immigration status in the United States, USCIS usually will place you in deferred action, which allows you to remain in the United States

Can I Work in the United States during the VAWA processing?

If you have an approved Form I-360, you are eligible to apply to work in the United States. In addition, if you have an approved Form I-360 and have been placed in deferred action, you are eligible to apply to work in the United States.

Am I Eligible for a Permanent Residence (Green Card)?

If you have an approved Form I-360, you may be eligible to file for a green card. If you are a self-petitioning spouse or child, your children listed on your approved Form I-360 may also be eligible to apply for a green card. It is important to work with an immigration attorney  who is experienced with VAWA filings to help you assemble the required information and documentation.

 

We look forward to hearing from you. There is no charge for an initial telephone consultation. The Law Office of Rose H. Robbins represents VAWA immigration clients from all over the United States since it involves the same Federal laws and regulations.

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