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Attorney Silvia Manzanero Assists Survivor of Domestic Violence Remove Conditions to Her Lawful Residence

In October 2015, a Chinese national immigrant, in the United States on “conditional” residence status, obtained an I-751 waiver to joint petition based on the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her United States citizen husband.

An immigrant who obtains a two-year “conditional” residence through a good faith marriage to a United States citizen and her spouse are required to jointly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within 90 days prior to the expiration of status. However, victims of spousal abuse can obtain an I-751 waiver to the joint petition requirement if they can demonstrate that they have been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by their U.S. citizen spouses.

Attorney Manzanero worked closely with her client to document the physical and emotional spousal abuse she had been subjected to, and presented a compelling case that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services swiftly approved. Manzanero’s client is now a lawful permanent resident, and she will be able to apply for citizenship in 2016.

Attorney Silvia Manzanero has successfully represented numerous survivors of domestic violence through meticulously prepared VAWA petitions, U Nonimmigrant Status applications, and I-751 waivers to joint filing.

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