Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows women or men who have been the victim of domestic violence or extreme cruelty at the hands of certain relatives to submit a petition for themselves for Adjustment of status in the United States. If you have been a victim of abuse or extreme cruelty by the category of relatives below you may qualifty:

  1. US. Citizen Spouse of Former Spouse
  2. U.S. Citizen parent
  3. U.S. Citizen son or daughter
  4. Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse or Former Spouse
  5. Lawful Permanent Resident parent

For many immigrant victims of domestic violence, battery and extreme cruelty, the U.S.citizen or lawful permanent resident family members who would sponsor their applications often threaten to withhold legal immigration sponsorship as a tool of abuse. The purpose of the VAWA program is to allow victims the opportunity to “self-petition” or independently seek legal immigration status in the U.S. Victims of domestic violence, battery and extreme cruelty whose self-petitions are approved may file Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) applications directly (self-petition). Once a VAWA self-petition is approved, the immigrant victim may file an Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) application to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) directly.

Call Elevated Family Law to review your case Immigration case history and determine if you are eligible to apply as a VAWA Petitioner.

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