Green Card for Victims of Abuse
You may qualify for immigration under specific categories based on circumstances of abuse and cruelty, including:
- VAWA Self-Petitioner: If you are a victim of battery or extreme cruelty, you may apply as:
Special Immigrant Juvenile: You are eligible if you are a child who has suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by your parent and have been granted Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status.
Cuban Adjustment Act: You qualify if you are an abused spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen and have experienced battery or extreme cruelty.
Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA): Eligibility extends to abused spouses or children of lawful permanent residents who obtained their Green Card through HRIFA and have been victims of battery or extreme cruelty.
- An abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- An abused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- An abused parent of a U.S. citizen
These immigration categories provide opportunities for individuals facing abuse and cruelty to seek legal protection and assistance in the United States.