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VAWA Letter

The VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) letter plays an essential role in the immigration process for victims of violence. This letter is a powerful tool for proving eligibility and obtaining legal protections. Here are some critical key elements to consider when drafting a VAWA letter on behalf of the victim:


Relationship to the Abuser:

Detail the relationship between the victim and the abuser, including relevant dates and locations. Provide clear context about the relationship and circumstances.


Description of Acts of Violence:

Describe in detail the acts of violence, abuse, or mistreatment that the victim has suffered. Provide clear dates, locations, and descriptions.


Good Moral Character:

Highlights how the victim has demonstrated positive moral character, through testimonies from friends, family, colleagues, etc. These statements should describe the victim's personality, qualities, and actions.


Impact on the Victim:

Detail how acts of violence have affected the victim's life, including emotional, psychological, physical, and financial consequences.


Supporting Documents:

Attach any documents that support the letter's claims, such as police reports, restraining orders, medical reports, etc.


Signature of the Victim:

The letter must be signed by the victim, indicating their consent and veracity of the information provided.


Personal Information:

Include the victim's full details, such as full name, date of birth, USCIS receipt number (if applicable), and any other relevant identifying information.


Proof of Relationship to the Citizen or Resident:

If the abuser is a citizen or legal resident of the United States, the relationship between the victim and the abuser must be proven. This may include marriage certificates, joint birth records, or other documents that support the connection.


Evidence of Joint Residence or Separation:

In case the victim has lived with the abuser, provide proof of cohabitation or separation, such as rental documents, bills in the name of both, etc.


Professionalism and Clarity:

Use clear, concise and formal language throughout the letter. Avoid exaggeration and focus on presenting the facts objectively.

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