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VAWA

How To Prove Your VAWA Case to USCIS

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated September 1, 2022

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows certain immigrants who are abused by their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouses, former spouses, parents, or children to apply for permanent U.S. residence without the knowledge of the abusive family member. Some applicants face challenges applying for a VAWA green card or proving their case. This article will review who is eligible for permanent U.S. residence under VAWA, how to prove your case to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS, and common challenges VAWA applicants may face.

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How To Get VAWA Self-Petitioner Status

Written by Jonathan Petts
Updated August 15, 2022

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a U.S. immigration law that protects noncitizen abuse victims in the United States. This article explains what it means to self-petition under VAWA, including the eligibility requirements and the application process. The article also answers frequently asked questions about the VAWA self-petition, including whether your abusive relative will know about your petition.

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