If you are the victim of domestic violence and you are willing to report the crime to law enforcement, you may be eligible for immigration benefits through a U-Visa. See U-Visa page
in Practice Areas.
If the domestic violence you faced was at the hands of your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, you may be eligible for a green card through the Violence Against Women's Act (''VAWA''). Please note that this form of relief is not limited to women.
In order to qualify for VAWA, these requirements must be met:
- The abuser was or is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- You are or were a spouse of the abuser or the parent of a child abused by your citizen or permanent resident spouse;
- Your spouse abused you during your marriage;
- You entered into the marriage in good faith;
- You currently live in the United States or you qualify for an exception to this requirement;
- You and your spouse have lived together at some point; and
- You are able to show that you are a person of good moral character.
To be sure you are able to show all of the above criteria and are eligible to apply for a green card through VAWA, please consult an experienced attorney.