The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) creates and supports comprehensive, cost-effective responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. VAWA programs were enacted in 1994 and are administered by the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS). This Act gives victims the option to become lawful permanent resident in certain cases. Do you want to learn more? We invite you to keep reading.
Do I qualify for VAWA?
If you are a victim of domestic violence, battery or extreme cruelty you could qualify.
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible to become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card) if you are the victim of a crime 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.
How do I file for VAWA?
You may self-petition under VAWA by filing a petition (form I-360) without your abusive family member’s knowledge or consent. A person who files a VAWA self-petition is generally known as a VAWA self-petitioner. If your self-petition is approved and you meet other eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to apply to become a lawful permanent resident. If your petition is approved then you will have to submit another form (I-485) for adjustment of status.
Can I get a Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) or a “green card” through VAWA?
Yes, you may be eligible to become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card) if you are a victim of a crime or abuse committed by a LPR spouse or a direct family member.
The Law Offices of Uzoma Ubanii will be glad to listen to your story, give you further information about VAWA and assist you with the correspondent filling before the immigration authorities. And most importantly, we´ll walk you through your legal process with a comprehensive and human care.
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