VAWA – Violence Against Women Act
If you were a victim of domestic violence or extreme cruelty, you are eligible for legal permanent residence if the crime was committed by:
- U.S. citizen Spouse or Ex-spouse
- U.S. citizen parent
- U.S. citizen adult child
- Legal permanent resident Spouse or Ex-Spouse
- Legal Permanent resident parent
These victims can self-petition without their family member’s knowledge. This is to protect your safety. In certain scenarios, you are eligible to file for adjustment of status to become a legal permanent resident at the same time you file your VAWA petition.
Because of the sensibility of the abuse suffered through domestic violence, it is very important that you contact attorney Yunuen Mora from Cross Border Lawyer to have an individualized consultation.