USCIS Policy Update: VAWA Confidentiality and Safe Address for Survivor-Based Petitions (April 11, 2023) [pdf]

In alignment with VAWA confidentiality and a victim centered approach, the new policy reiterates and heightens these protection measures by providing clear guidance for safe mailing address procedures, requiring officers to carefully review documents before determining where to send notices and secure identity documents, and ensures that officers cannot make adverse case determinations based solely on information provided by prohibited source even if adjudicating non-victim-based applications or petitions.