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Hello,
My name is Olga. I am from Ukraine and first moved to the United States in October of 2005. My husband and I were married a short time later. We completed all the procedures and I obtained my permanent resident “green card” in May of 2008. I sincerely love my husband. However, I am fearful for both myself and my son’s wellbeing. My husband is not only abusive to me, but to my son as well. He is so controlling and dominating that I can no longer stand to be around him. As an example, every time I call my family in Ukraine, he brings his shotgun into the room and cocks it in my face; as if to threaten me. There are many, many horrible things that he does to both my son and me, but I will spare you the details.
I have left my husband and I am staying with some close friends. I cannot even get a restraining order because I am afraid that he will then know where I live. In many of the quite threatening emails I have received from him, he states that he is going to revoke my status as a resident and ruin my chances of becoming a citizen.
I know that it is unlikely that he can simply revoke my green card. However, my question is this: can he lie to immigration officials and cause them to suspend or even revoke my status based on his false claims? For example, he might say that I married him for citizenship. Or perhaps he may say I have been unfaithful. This is all untrue, but I am afraid they will believe him.
Please help me. I not only fear for my life, but also my livelihood. I have worked very hard to become a citizen, and I am almost there. I can provide abundant proof of his dominating and threatening nature, but is that sufficient? Where would I start to protect myself? He has given me two days to come back to him before he goes to the officials and begins the revocation process.
I sincerely appreciate any help you can provide. Because my English is poor, and my understanding of the situation even poorer, I have had my friend write this correspondence.

Thank you very much for your time.

Respectfully,
Olga


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Eileen Chun-Fruto, Los Angeles immigration attorney writes:

Dear Olga,

I'm sorry to hear of your troubles.  Your husband's behavior does sound threatening and dangerous.  I am not an expert in domestic violence situations, but one resource you can turn to is a good website by another immigration attorney, one who devotes her practice to immigrants who are victims and survivors of domestic violence:

www.humanrightsattorney.com

Heather Poole is a nationally recognized expert in this area and perhaps she would entertain a call from you.

Good luck,
Eileen Chun-Fruto
www.fongandchun.com
www.immigrationvisaattorneyblog.com
http://www.superlawyers.com/california-southern/lawyer/Eileen-Chun-Fruto/e5bf6f7

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I can answer any employment-based immigration question including questions about PERM labor certifications, H-1B skilled workers, L-1A multinational managers or executives and L-1B specialized knowledge, R-1 and I-360 religious workers, investor cases (E Treaty Trader and E Treaty Investors and EB-5 "million dollar investors") and O-1 extraordinary ability cases. I can also answer any questions regarding family-based immigration, such as adoptions, waiver cases, consular processing (using foreign consulates to enter as an immigrant), marriage and fiance/fiancee cases, 245(i) cases, VAWA (Violence Against Women's Act), battered spouses, and Child Status Protection Act (CSPA).

Experience

I have over 12 years of experience in business and family immigration. I was a former law clerk for the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (the immigration courts) in San Francisco and I current serve as the California Service Center's (CSC) liaison on behalf of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. I represent individuals and corporations alike, ranging from professionals in the high tech, science, liberal arts fields. I have a special niche in working with start-up companies and individuals with more complex immigration issues.

Organizations
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Executive Committee on Immigration

Education/Credentials
J.D., University of California at Davis - King Hall School of Law (1997) B.A., University of California at Irvine, cum laude (1994)

Awards and Honors
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008: Selected to Southern California Rising Star - Super Lawyers List (an honor shared by no more than 2.5% of the attorneys practicing in the entire Southern California region) Faculty/Moderator on various AILA and LACBA continuing legal education seminars in the following topics: H-1B, O-1, religious workers, business immigration visas

Past/Present Clients
My typical business clients can range from a start-up company, established engineering and software research and development companies, manufacturing, trade and distribution companies, public and private schools, and religious organizations. Family clients include spouses, parent-child petitions, siblings, naturalization, and most especially, representation of abandoned and neglected children viewed as orphans under the immigration law. I have represented many clients who relied on special provisions of the immigration law to preserve or "grandfather" benefits to family members in limited (and complicated) circumstances, to avoid re-application fees and longer waiting times.

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