Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
An illegal alien may submit self-petition to USCIS under VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) by filing a Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant petition without the knowledge, agreement, permission, or consent of your abusive family member. If your self-petition is approved and you have met other pertinent eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to apply to become a lawful permanent resident. After becoming a permanent resident and maintaining continuous residency for three (3) years, you may further be eligible to apply for Naturalization and become a U.S Citizen assuming you meet further naturalization eligibility requirements.
Successful self-petitioning aliens under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), must show that they are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by:
- A U.S. citizen spouse or former spouse.
- A U.S. citizen parent.
- A U.S. citizen son or daughter.
- A lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or former spouse; or
- An LPR parent.
VAWA self-petitioner– victim of battery or extreme cruelty:
- Abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- Abused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- Abused parent of a U.S. citizen
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