Articles Archive for December 2012
The Violence Against Women Act protects battered and abused immigrants from their abusers. Immigrant victims of child abuse, domestic violence, or elder abuse can “self-petition” for lawful permanent resident status without the cooperation of the abuser. Upon approval, the petitioner receives work authorization and the ability to apply for lawful permanent residency.
To be eligible to apply for status under VAWA, a person must be a spouses, former spouse, child, or parent of abusive U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. If divorced, an immigrant can still self-petition if the termination of …