POLISH MAN’S BATTERED SPOUSE PETITION APPROVED
POLISH MAN’S BATTERED SPOUSE PETITION APPROVED
Artur G., from Poland, entered the USA as a visitor in 2009. He fell in love with the USA, its people, and its lifestyle, and decided to stay here. In 2013, he met an attractive, American woman. They gradually came to love each other, even though they lived 2,000 miles from each other. Arthur lived in New York City, while his future wife lived in Utah, where she was pursuing an advanced degree from a university there. The couple got married, in Utah, in 2014. Artur, a construction worker, went to Utah as often as he could to spend time with his wife. He also gave her financial support.
However, over time, Artur’s wife started to take advantage of him. Almost every time that Artur spoke to his wife, she asked him for more money. Artur did what he could, but his wife always asked for more. If she did not get more money from Artur, she called him “cheap” or a “penny pincher.” Artur took on a second job. Then, he began to send his wife even more money every week.
Artur asked his wife to come to New York City to “bring in” 2015. She was OK with that. Artur bought the airline tickets for her and met her at the airport. Things went well for about four days. That’s when Artur’s wife said to him, when they were in the kitchen of his apartment: You’d better start giving me more money or I’ll divorce you. I don’t need a husband on the other side of the country who can’t support me. Artur told her that it was impossible for him, at that point, to give her more money than what he was already doing. His wife got furious, and threw at him anything she could get her hands on (plates, silverware, bowls, etc).
Artur tried to stay calm. He asked his wife: What’s wrong with you? I’m trying to save money for us for the future. She answered: I don’t need you! You are no use to me; there is no future with you. You are nothing without me in this country. Artur said again that he was trying to save money for their future, and that he simply could not give her money every time she asked for some. Her answer to that was: I can divorce you any time, and then I’ll call immigration on you, you stupid immigrant. She was furious. She struck Artur on his head with something. Then, when he was down, she kicked him below the belt.
Although his landlady and neighbors urged him to call the police, Artur did not. He (naively) believed the he could reason with his wife. The next day, Artur’s wife returned to Utah. After a few attempts at reconciliation, Artur’s wife told him that the marriage was over, and that she would soon file for divorce.
A friend suggested to Artur that he contact me. Artur came in for a consultation. He hired me that day. Over the next couple of weeks, we put together a battered spouse petition, which was supported by various kinds of evidence: the genuine nature of Artur’s courtship of his wife; bills from the couple’s wedding day, which were paid by Artur; proof of his many trips to Utah; joint bank account statements; proof that Artur paid for his wife’s trip to and from New York City, in December, 2014; proof that Artur had obtained health insurance coverage for his wife; photographs of the cuts on Artur’s scalp, which were caused by his wife; an evaluation written by Artur’s psychologist; a long Statement, in Artur’s name, and affidavits from Artur’s landlady, neighbors, and friends. Initially, the USCIS did not approve the petition. Instead, it sent us a Request for Additional Evidence (RFE). We had only 87 days to respond to the long and detailed RFE.
Artur and I refined his Statement, and put in it some more details. We updated some of the other evidence that we had submitted in support of the battered spouse petition. We obtained two more affidavits, one from another neighbor, and one from another friend. When we were totally satisfied which what we had put together, we sent the “package” to the USCIS. Artur wondered how long we would have to wait to receive the USCS’ answer. We waited only two weeks: Approved!
One week later, Artur filed his application “to adjust status.” He should become a permanent resident of the United States in 2016.
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