Successful Battered Spouse Petition Results in Permanent Resident Card
Patricia G., a Peruvian woman, entered the USA without inspection in 2003. About a year later, she met a nice man, they fell in love, and got married. Patricia gave birth to a son ten months later. However, over time, Patricia’s husband started to abuse her. Patricia tried her best to save her marriage, but her husband did not stop abusing her. Because she feared for the safety of her son and herself, she moved out. She found a decent apartment. She worked a lot. Her husband did not give her any money. With the help of a volunteer organization, she obtained a divorce.
Patricia continued to work, and her son continued to grow, albeit with some health problems. Her son never received any financial support from his father. In 2010, Patricia met another nice man, from South America, who was a Permanent Resident of the USA. Over time, Patricia became convinced that he was a good man. He treated her son and her well, he had a good job, and he was hard working. They got married. Patricia stopped working altogether. She took care of her husband, her son, and the home in which the three of them lived. Life was good for the next two years.
Patricia’s husband naturalized. After this, he changed . . . for the worse. He started to make fun of Patricia, to boss her around, call her names, and did not come home some nights. When he went to his native country to visit with his mother “for a week,” he did not come home until three weeks later. For Patricia, things went from bad to worse. He husband started to hit her. He also threatened to have ICE come take her away, unless she agreed to have sex with him whenever and wherever he wanted. It got so bad that Patricia took her son and went to stay with her brother. The next day, her husband went there, promised that he would change his ways, and begged Patricia to come home. She did, but within a few days, her husband started to abuse her again. With the help of her brother, her son and she escaped again. She never went back to her husband. Out of a fear of what
might happen to her son and herself, she never reported her abusive husband to the police.
Patricia Hired Me as Her Immigration Lawyer
A friend suggested to Patricia that she contact me. Patricia came in for a free consultation. She hired me. We put together a battered spouse petition, which was supported by, among other things, evidence of the genuine nature of Patricia’s two marriages, affidavits, and an evaluation of Patricia which was done by a Ph.D. in Psychology, who is a trauma specialist. The USCIS approved the petition.
Patricia hired me to represent her on her application for adjustment of status. Six and a half months after we filed it, she had her interview. The interview went well. Five days later, Patricia received her Permanent Resident card. Patricia has been working full-time again for the last year. Her son is getting good medical treatment. I hope that I will have the pleasure of representing her, in 2019, on her application for naturalization.
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