What is VAWA and Who Can Apply?

With the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) noncitizens who have been abused by their U>S. citizen or lawful permanent resident relative the ability to independently petition for themselves (self-petition) for immigrant classification without the abuser’s knowledge, consent, or participation in the immigration process. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abusers.

VAWA Benefits

  • You can expedite the application for faster processing.
  • Work permit is included.
  • You don’t have to leave the country to get your green card.

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