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Types of Evidence to Prove Each Eligibility Requirement

The VAWA self-petitioner's affidavit is perhaps one of the most important documents that she will submit with her self-petition. The affidavit, written in the petitioner's own words, describes her "story" in detail, including information addressing each of the eligibility requirements. Often, due to the dynamics of the abusive relationship, the VAWA self-petitioner may be unable to obtain all documents necessary to support each of the requirements. In that case, the affidavit serves to fill in for some of the missing documentation, providing an explanation as to efforts made to obtain it, why the efforts were not successful, and why the applicant believes she satisfied the requirements for a particular element. For example, if the petitioner is certain that her abuser is a green card holder because he showed her the card on one or more occasions, she can explain this in her affidavit. The affidavit is also one of the first documents that adjudicators turn to when evaluating the self-petition in order to get an overview of the case.

Besides the affidavit, other documents which the VAWA self-petitioner may provide to satisfy each of the eligibility requirements include:

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