I self petitioned for VAWA I-360 as a battered spouse in March 2011 with Vermont Processing center. It has been 1 year and 2 months since.
In the meantime they issued me Prima Facie Determinations twice which were for 180 days each. My 2nd PFD has not yet expired but they already sent me a 3rd PFD. For the second PFD I had to request for an extension after the first expired. I had not even requested for the 3rd and it is here- start date is set for before the 2nd expires and ONLY FOR 2 MONTHS instead of 6 months.
On USCIS website where I can enter my case number and see my case status, it still says INITIAL REVIEW as it has all along.
I have never been issued RFEs.On most Immigration forums I have read online, I see they have issued RFEs to petitioners; not me though.
What should I expect
From the date you establish prima facie case for your VAWA application, you are granted permisson to apply for certain public benefits. Since adjudications usually take some time, in some cases over a year like yours, you require an extension of your prima facie determination, in order to be able to continue receiving the benefits, if you have applied for any. As to your case, do not be alerted that USCIS has not issued an RFE in your case, since one is not required, or potentially you will receive one once your case will be adjudicated. It will be great if your case will be approved without one being issued at all. However, if you do get an RFE and unsure on how to respond, consult an experienced immigration attorney to help you.
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