VAWA case are difficult to get approved without an attorney. If you are lacking funds to retain an attorney, have the local womens abuse shelter provide you one. Good luck.
You can file a case status inquiry once the I-485 has been pending in excess of 6 months since transfer. However, the processing time will also depend on how busy your particular USCIS district office is. 6 to 9 months in NY seems normal. But I would initiate an INFOPASS inquiry now.
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