The Violence Against Women Act, or “VAWA,” offers relief to spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have suffered abuse.
VAWA allows a person who has been abused by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or child to apply for lawful permanent resident status independently. To qualify under this process, a person must show the following:
Child or Parent:
VAWA provides a waiver of the requirement that a conditional permanent resident remain married to remove the conditions on his or her status. A person qualifies for this waiver if he or she can show abuse by the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse during the marriage.
A U visa provides legal status to persons who can show that they have been victims of certain crimes in the United States. The list of qualifying crimes includes, but is not limited to the following:
In addition to showing that they have been victims of certain crimes, a qualified applicant must also show all of the following:
A T visa is for victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking means that a person has been brought to the U.S. by fraud or force for involuntary servitude. A qualified applicant must also show that he or she would suffer extreme hardship if forced to return to his or her home country.
A person qualifies for VAWA cancellation of removal if he or she meets the following requirements:
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