Immigrants and Domestic Violence
Self Help Legal Information
What is VAWA? What does USC mean? What does LPR mean? What is a derivative? What do "inadmissibility grounds" mean? If I am a victim of abuse, are there protections available for me under VAWA? Can men qualify for VAWA? Read this information for answers to these questions and more information.
Who are qualified immigrants? What benefits can qualified immigrants get? How do battered immigrants become qualified immigrants? What benefits are available to all immigrants? Read this information for answers to these questions and more. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.)
Questions and Answers: Battered Spouses, Children and Parents Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
What if my Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, widow(er), or special immigrant, is denied? Can a man file a petition for himself under the Violence Against Women Act? Do I have to remain married to my abusive spouse until my Form I-360 is approved? Can a divorced spouse seek relief by filing a Form I-360? What if my abusive U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident spouse or parent (or U.S. Citizen son or daughter) filed a Form I-360, Petition for Alien Relative, on my behalf, which is still pending or was withdrawn? Read this page for answers to these questions and more information.
What is "domestic violence"? What can I do? Should I leave my home if I am in danger? Can I get protection even if I am not a U.S. citizen? How can I get lawful permanent residency without my husband's help? Read this information for answers to these questions and much more. Also in Spanish/Español