Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows battered spouses, children, or parents to file an immigrant visa petition without the support of the abusive relative. This only applies to persons who have been abused by relatives who are United States citizens or lawful permanent residents. A person who is abused by a person other than a citizen or resident may have the option to file for a U visa.

The provisions of the Violence Against Women Act apply equally to women and men. MyRights Immigration Law Firm has helped many abused men and women obtain lawful permanent residence under VAWA. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your individual case with one of our immigration attorneys.

MyRights Immigration Law Firm has helped thousands of applicants apply and be approved for deferred action for childhood arrivals. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your individual case with one of our immigration attorneys.

Deferred action for childhood arrivals is not passage of the DREAM Act and the status will not convert to permanent residence unless a new immigration law is passed. However, obtaining the currently available benefit may put a person in a better position for future immigration reform and opens opportunities to obtain lawful permanent residence through strategies such as advanced parole to obtain lawful entrance and then adjustment of status.

Policy to Know

  1. Have a qualifying spousal relationship;
  2. Have suffered battery or extreme cruelty by the United States citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, or your child has been the victim of battery or extreme cruelty;
  3. Have a bona fide marriage relationship;
  4. Have resided with the spouse; and
  5. Be a person of good moral character.

  1. Have a qualifying parent/son or daughter relationship;
  2. Have suffered batter or extreme cruelty by the United States citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter;
  3. Have resided with the abusive son or daughter; and
  4. Be a person of good moral character.

  1. Have a qualifying parent/child relationship under INA §101(b);
  2. Have suffered battery/extreme cruelty by the United States citizen or lawful permanent resident parent;
  3. Have resided with the abusive parent; and
  4. Be a person of good moral character (a child under 14 years of age is presumed to have good moral character).

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