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:
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.
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.)