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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Green Cards

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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) permits immigrant victims of domestic violence to apply for lawful permanent residence (a green card) on their own via a self-petition. Immigrant victims of domestic violence may remain in abusive relationships because their immigration status is dependent on their abuser. The VAWA self-petition removes the control from the abuser and allows the victim to file for his or her own green card application without the help of the abuser.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Green Card Eligibility

To self-petition, all the victims must have been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by the abuser, must have resided with the abuser, and must demonstrate good moral character. VAWA immigration relief applies to both men and women.

The following immigrants may be eligible to self-petition for a green card through VAWA:

Spouses

Immigrants who have been abused by their U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse may self-petition for a green card through VAWA. Former spouses of U.S. citizens and permanent residents can also self-petition if the marriage terminated within the last two years. The marriage must have been in good faith. Unmarried children under the age of 21 may be included in the green card application.

Children

Unmarried children under the age of 21 who have been abused by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident parent may self-petition for a green card through VAWA. The parent of the abused child may also file a self-petition if he or she is the spouse of the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident abuser.

Parents

Parents who have been abused by their U.S. citizen son or daughter may also self-petition for a green card through VAWA.

Speak to an Attorney for VAWA Self-Petitions

If you have been the victim of domestic violence and would like to pursue a VAWA green card through a self-petition, we invite you to contact us for a consultation. Our compassionate San Mateo immigration lawyer helps immigrant victims throughout the Bay Area.

Call The Alagiri Immigration Law Firm at (650) 562-6900 to discuss your matter.

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