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In order to have a valid VAWA petition, the petitioner needs to establish that their abuser is a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Especially for petitioners that no longer live their abuser, this can be difficult.
Here are some tips on how to establish abuser status without access to a birth certificate or passport:
1) If your abuser filed an I-130 for you in the past and that filing was approved, that can be used as evidence.
2) Some jurisdictions have public voter registration records. Citizenship can be established through voter registration.
3) In your affidavit, provide all the details you know from memory to show your abuser is a citizen or permanent resident.
4) In your VAWA petition, ask USCIS to verify your abuser’s status citing 8 CFR § 103.2(b)(17)(ii). Here is the relevant language: