The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) isn’t just for women. It benefits any foreign male or female spouse, child, or parent that has been the victim of abuse by a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. The abuse does not have to involve physical violence, but mental, verbal, and sexual abuse are also covered. Although the law says that the victim’s statement is sufficient evidence, the USCIS will want to see some corroborating evidence of the abuse, shared residence, and the abuser’s current or previous status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. We can help you to gather and develop this evidence.

Waivers of Inadmissibility

Extreme Hardship Waivers Non-immigrant Waivers Humanitarian Parole

U Visa for Victims of Certain Crimes

If you have been a victim of a serious crime and are helpful to investigators, prosecutors, or a judge, you will need to get one of those persons to sign a document confirming your status as a victim and that you are being helpful. The law provides a list of serious crimes, such as domestic violence, but also allows for non-listed crimes to qualify. Being helpful can be interpreted differently in different jurisdictions. We can help you to obtain a signed document and then prepare and file your application.