Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Recognizing that immigrant victims of domestic violence may remain in an abusive relationship because his or her immigration status is often tied to the abuser, the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) in 1994 created a self-petitioning process that removes control from the abuser and allows the victim to submit his or her own petition for permanent residence without the abuser’s knowledge or consent. Those eligible for VAWA relief include the abused spouse or formed spouse of a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, or the abused parent of the U.S. citizen. VAWA immigration relief applied equally to women and men.
To file for VAWA immigration relief the self-petitioner must send a completed Form I-360 along with corroborating evidence to USCIS. A law enforcement certification is not needed in these cases. Baurkot & Baurkot is a leader in the area of VAWA based petitions for protections.
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