Practice Advisory on VAWA Self Petition Policy Updates

Last Updated

July 5, 2022
On February 10, 2022, USCIS released several VAWA Self-Petition policy changes. The changes include the nationwide implementation of two circuit court decisions and changes in USCIS’s interpretation of the joint residence requirement for VAWA Self-Petitioners. This practice advisory summarizes the policy manual additions by chapter, summarizes the holdings in the two circuit court decisions that USCIS adopted nationwide and provides examples to illustrate the policy manual additions and provides practice tips for practitioners.