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Violence Against Women Act ​(VAWA)

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We provide assistance to our clients, where the client is qualified, to receive a VAWA may include a work permit and a green card.

Sadly, many immigrants suffer domestic violence, battery and extreme cruelty at the hands of their U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouses, parents or children. Often abusive family will threaten to withhold legal immigration sponsorship as a tool of abuse.

VAWA allows battered and abused immigrants to petition for legal status in the United States without relying on abusive U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouses, parents or children to sponsor them. This self-petition offers special protections and exemptions for the battered and abused immigrant to seek legal status.

Depends. A VAWA applicant (also known as a “self-petitioner”) may include minor children and other eligible family members. Again, each is a case-by-case basis that requires individualized advice by a license attorney.

Yes, it is possible. You must have been in the United States for a continuous period of at least three years and you must have provided assistance to law enforcement.

Citizenship (also known as naturalization) is a separate application process after you have been a permanent resident for a certain period of time (either three or five years, depending). Some VAWA applicants can file for VAWA visa and permanent residency at the same time, while other VAWA applicants have to wait to file for permanent residency.

Again, this is a case-by-case basis depending on the relationship between the VAWA applicant and abusive U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member.
You may be eligible to become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card) if you are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by:
  • A U.S. citizen spouse or former spouse;
  • A U.S. citizen parent;
  • A U.S. citizen son or daughter;
  • A lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or former spouse; or
  • An LPR parent.
Depending on how you entered the United States or if you committed a particular act or violation of immigration law, you may be barred from adjusting status.

However, VAWA self-petitioners and beneficiaries are exempt from all of these bars to adjustment.

Each individual case is different. Speak to an attorney for advice on your case.

The fee is $435 but the fee may be waived based on the claim you are filing. If waived, there is no fee for the application.

​Yes, it is possible. If you have committed certain crimes or engaged in other activities you may encounter problems. Speak to an attorney about the specifics of your case.

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