The following guide is intended for applicants seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows spouses and children of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents to self-petition for permanent resident status, without the abuser's help or knowledge.
To self-petition for permanent residency under VAWA, an individual must: Show that s/he lived with a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse; Show that s/he was battered or subjected to extreme cruelty during the marriage; Show that s/he entered the marriage in good faith; o Show s/he is otherwise qualified for admission; and Show that s/he has good moral character.
You must file USCIS Form I-360 and all supporting documents and fees, including evidence of your good faith marriage to your USC or LPR spouse, evidence of the abuse you suffered, proof that you resided with your spouse, and evidence of your good character.
Evidence - Good Moral Character
To document good moral character you should try to get letters from family, friends, or members of the community who can attest to your character. The letters should be dated, notarized and signed & include the nature of your relationship and the individuals assessment.
Also, you should try to get copies of: photographs of you and your family, photographs of your children, tax records, employment pay stubs.
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