RFE for marriage proof, Same Sex VAWA Approved!
August 30, 2023

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We're extremely proud to share another victorious case from The Law Offices of Sabrina Li that underscores our dedication to clients in dire situations.

Faced with a tormenting reality of physical and psychological abuse from his United States citizen husband, our client sought our counsel. His situation was exacerbated by his spouse's threats of reporting him to the authorities due to his uncertain immigration status. Fearing for his life and the looming shadow of deportation, our client found refuge and assistance at The Law Offices of Sabrina Li.

This was not an easy case. Our client's previous marriage in China, with whom he had children, and the scant evidence of his current marriage presented us with a challenging landscape.

Regardless, our team dived headfirst into the intricacies of the case. We expedited our efforts to help our client seek immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), including adjustment of status. The roadblocks intensified when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Request for Evidence (RFE) requiring further validation of a good faith marriage. Undeterred, we mounted a strong legal defense against the RFE, emphasizing that our client had indeed entered his marriage in good faith, despite limited physical proof.

Our unwavering commitment and legal prowess prevailed. We were able to secure approval of our client's VAWA petition, a victory for justice and human rights.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a pivotal federal law in the United States, falling under the umbrella of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This legislation dedicates funds to the inquiry and legal action surrounding violent offenses against women. Crucially, it provides a lifeline for abused non-citizens, enabling them to independently petition for, or seek, legal status in the United States.

Contrary to its title, VAWA does not exclusively serve women. It also extends its protections to men. This means that abusive dynamics in same-sex marriages can also form the basis for a VAWA case. The gender of the VAWA applicant does not affect the application of the legal standard. VAWA's safeguards cover any spouse or child who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. It also offers protection to parents who have been victims of violence perpetrated by their offspring, as long as the offending children are 21 years old or over.

If you or someone you know faces a similar situation and requires the expertise of skilled professionals, look no further than the Law Offices of Sabrina Li. Call us today at (213) 375-8096 or email us at info@sabrinali.law. We are committed to providing the assistance you need, so please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here for you.

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