Violence Against Women Act and Assistance for Victims of Crime
If you or a family member are a survivor of domestic violence or have been a victim of a crime, you may be eligible for immigration relief. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created to protect vulnerable people from domestic violence and other violent crime. VAWA offers legal immigration status to protect women, men, and children who have been victims of violence. Our office works with clients to help them understand the law and obtain lawful status.
Relief from Violence
Under the Violence Against Women Act, there are several forms of relief available. The immigration status of the abuser determines whether you are eligible to apply for immigrant or non-immigrant status. Working with an attorney may make obtaining legal immigration status possible.
- Self-petition: A self-petition may be the right approach for you if you are the spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and are a survivor of abuse while living with the abuser in the U.S. A self-petition allows you to file a petition to obtain residency in the United States.
- VAWA cancellation: If you or your child are the survivor of abuse by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, you may be eligible to obtain lawful residence through an application for VAWA cancellation.
- U Visa: Under the Violence Against Women Act, you may be able to apply for a UVisa if you were the victim of a crime against the person
- T Visa: A T Visa may be available for people who are victims of human trafficking or forced labor.
- You may also qualify for asylum based on domestic violence if you suffered violence by a family member in your home country.