The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

VAWA is a law that was passed in 1994 by the US Congress to create a new pathway to LPR for battered non-citizens. Essentially, it is a subcategory of the family-based green card process. It allows qualified individuals to self-petition for a green card without a US citizen's assistance and knowledge.  

 

Only the spouse, child, or parent of an abusive U.S. citizen or permanent resident is eligible to obtain a green card under this classification.

 

Today this law applies to males as well. Also, divorce and illegitimate spouses may qualify. Qualifying abuse includes: physical, verbal, psychological, and financial. 


If you do not meet the requirement of VAWA but you are a victim of trafficking or other qualifying crimes, you may be able to obtain a T or U visa to remain in the US and seek LPR.

 

Want to know if you are eligible to apply for VAWA or a T/U visa, contact our office.


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