The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that provides protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. VAWA allows certain victims of these crimes, who are in the United States without proper authorization, to self-petition for Lawful Permanent Residency or “green card”, which is a document that allows a person to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
To be eligible for a Permanent Residency under VAWA, an individual must meet certain requirements. They must be the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other eligible crime, and must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime. They must also have been married to, or in a relationship with, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who committed the crime.
If an individual meets these requirements, they can self-petition for a Permanent Residency by filing a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This process involves providing evidence of the abuse and the relationship with the U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and undergoing a background check and an interview with a USCIS officer. If the petition is approved, the individual will receive a green card for Lawful Permanent Residence.
VAWA also provides other protections for victims of domestic violence and other crimes. For example, it allows victims to obtain restraining orders against their abusers, and it allows them to access certain government benefits. It also makes it easier for victims to divorce their abusers and to obtain custody of their children.
In summary, VAWA is an important law that provides important protections for victims of domestic violence and other crimes. It allows these victims to seek safety and security in the United States, and to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.
If you believe you may qualify for this type of relief contact our office today for a case evaluation!