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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that allows an abused spouse or child of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident or an abused parent of a U.S. Citizen to self-petition for lawful status in the United States, and receive employment authorization, and access public benefits. The eligibility to file extends to:
Spouse: You may file for yourself if you are, or were, the abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may also file as an abused spouse if your child has been abused by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse. You may also include on your petition your unmarried children who are under 21 if they have not filed for themselves.
Parent: You may file if you are the parent of a U.S. citizen if you have been abused by your U.S. citizen son or daughter.
Child: You may file for yourself if you are an abused child under 21, unmarried and have been abused by your U.S. citizen or permanent resident parent. If you have your own children, they may also be included on your petition. You may also file for yourself as a child after age 21 but before age 25 if you can demonstrate that the abuse was the main reason for the delay in filing.

Applying for a Green Card
If you have been approved for VAWA and meet certain other requirements, you may apply for a Green Card.

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