VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)
Sometimes, U.C. Citizens or legal permanent residence who are in the position of sponsoring their family members to become legal immigrants in the U.S. abuse their legal power. Instead of being a vehicle of help and family support, the family petitioning process becomes a tool of abuse by the U.S. Citizen or PR over the alien family members.
In that situation, the U.S. Citizen or PR threatens the family member to withhold legal immigration proceedings in order to gain psychological, physical or financial power over the would-be sponsored family member. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows those would-be immigrants to self-petition for their legal status in the United States, hence avoiding having to depend on the abusive U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident spouses, parents or children to sponsor them. Those who can prove they have been victims of domestic violence, battery, or extreme cruelty may self-petition. Once a Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant(Form I-360)VAWAself-petition is approved, the immigrant victim may file an Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) application to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) without relying on the U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
Yaziji Law Firm will help you navigate the self-petitioning process of your VAWA application.
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