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I am married to a U.S. citizen but I have been subjected to physical abuse and extreme cruelty. What shall I do?

I am married to a U.S. citizen but I have been subjected to physical abuse and extreme cruelty. What shall I do?

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows battered spouses to self-petition themselves provided certain requirements are met under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA). They can secure a Green Card on their own right on the basis of the abuse they suffered in the hands of their abusive U.S. Citizen husband. What USCIS considers to be battery could be, but not limited to, physical violence committed against you by your spouse. This can include punching, slapping, pushing, any other infliction of bodily injury, and forced sex. We have the experience and the compassion to help women who are in this situation and we have been very successful.

If you have a Conditional Green Card and it is about to expire, the law allows you to independently file the Petition to Remove the Condition and request for a waiver on the ground of battery and extreme cruelty. We have likewise helped a lot of women remove their conditions on this type of waiver.

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