Soto-Alvarado Decision Granting Motion to Amend US District Court Rhode Islande (July 17, 2023) [pdf]

In a case brought in Federal District Court in Rhode Island an abused spouse whose VAWA self-petition had been approved challenged USCIS’s revocation of her approved petition. The self-petitioner was divorced from her abuser and remarried after filing the self-petition but before the self-petition had been approved. The court’s ruling allows the self-petitioner to fully litigate her challenge the USCIS’s revocation of her self-petition due to remarriage in Federal District Court. The court’s ruling is based on the VAWA self-petitioning statute and its legislative history.