Statistics

Statistical Data

Section 204(a)(1)(A)(iii) of the INA, enacted in September 1994, provides for abused spouses to petition for permanent resident alien status on their own behalf (and for their children), supplementing the regular procedures which rely on the abuser to petition for them.

 

VAWA Based I-360 Self-Petition Statistics:
 

Fiscal
Year
# I-360s
Filed
Approved Denied Source
1995
0
0
0
(source 1)
1996
27
na
na
(source 1)
1997
2491
1210
406
(source 2)
1998
3331
1677
810
(source 2)
1999
3158
1921
595
(source 2)
2000
na
na
na
na
2001
na
na
na
na
2002
5922
4992
986
(source 3)
2003
6700
3900
1100
(source 3)
2004
7052
4745
1490
VSC
2005
7704
8404
2238
VSC
2006
9131
6238
1939
VSC
2007
8355
5872
2362
VSC
2008
9184
4256
2138
VSC
2009
8534
6258
1656
VSC
2010*
1329
1572
509
VSC

 

From 2002 through the beginning of 2010, approximately 63,911 VAWA based I-360 self-petitions were filed with the Vermont Service Center in Vermont. Of those, 46,237 were approved, or approximately 72%. 12,280 were denied, or approximately 19%. The remaining 9% are pending.

 

________________________________________________
*FY 2010 began November 2009. Statistics go through December 2009.

Source 1: AILA InfoNet
Source 2: CRS Report for Congress
Source 3: National Immigration Project

 

________________________________________________
Over the last decade, marriage to American citizens, which entitles foreign spouses to “immediate” preference status for an immigrant visa, has been by far the most common path to American residency. Since 1998, more than 2.3 million foreign nationals have obtained green cards through marriage to American citizens. Nearly a million more have obtained green cards through marriage to LPRs.(See Tables 1 and 2.)

 

 
Over one third of all green cards issued in 2007 were to spouses of American citizens or LPRs. (See Figure 1.)

 

 

________________________________________________
$341,520,421 - 2006 VAWA Grant Money
…see the breakdown

DHS Immigration Statistics