Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its subsequent reauthorizations have provided a solution for noncitizens who have experienced abuse by their U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident relatives. VAWA provides important provisions that empower victims, regardless of their gender or immigration status, to seek safety, justice, and independence.
Key Points about VAWA:
- Self-Petition: VAWA allows eligible survivors to self-petition for immigration benefits, such as the ability to apply for lawful permanent residency (Green Card) independently. This means survivors can pursue legal immigration status without relying on their abusers.
- Confidentiality and Privacy: VAWA recognizes the importance of maintaining survivor confidentiality and privacy. Information shared during the VAWA process is kept confidential and cannot be shared with the abuser without the survivor’s consent.
- Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for VAWA protections, survivors must meet specific criteria, such as demonstrating a qualifying relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident who has subjected them to abuse. Survivors must provide evidence of the abuse and meet other requirements.
- Access to Services: VAWA provides survivors with access to a range of services, including emergency shelter, counseling, and legal representation. These services are designed to help survivors rebuild their lives and regain control.
It is important to consult with our office to understand how VAWA applies to your specific circumstances. Our knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process, help gather the necessary evidence, and provide legal representation to strengthen your case.
Contact the Law Office of Ghenadie Rusu: Schedule a confidential consultation today to discuss your situation and learn how we can help you.