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At Kasturi Law, LLC, our Naperville Violence Against Women Act immigration attorney knows the Act’s provisions offer essential protections and avenues for immigration relief to immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes, empowering them to seek safety and independence from abusive situations while maintaining their immigration status in the United States.

Our Illinois immigration attorney takes these cases very seriously and works hard to help women in need throughout the region so they understand their rights and can pursue their independence in the U.S. safely.

Violence Against Women Act

What is the Violence Against Women Act?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation in the United States aimed at combating domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. One of the critical provisions of VAWA is its immigration provisions, which are designed to provide protection and immigration relief to victims of domestic violence and certain other crimes who are immigrants.

How Can VAWA Help Immigrants in Abusive Relationships

Under VAWA, certain eligible immigrants who are victims of domestic violence perpetrated by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent can self-petition for lawful permanent resident status (Green Card) independently of the abuser.

This means that the victim can apply for immigration status without the abuser’s knowledge or consent.

Conditional permanent residents who entered into a marriage with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse and are subjected to abuse or battering by their spouse may qualify to have the conditions removed from their permanent resident status under VAWA, allowing them to obtain full permanent residency.

VAWA provides protections to immigrant victims of domestic violence and other qualifying crimes by allowing them to apply for various forms of immigration relief, including asylum, withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

In some cases, victims of certain crimes, including domestic violence, who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime may be eligible for a U Visa. The U visa provides temporary immigration status and work authorization to victims of qualifying crimes and their qualifying family members.

Contact Our Immigration Attorney Today For Consultation

Contact us today to learn how our Illinois immigration attorney can assist you with VAWA protections. We provide in-office, phone, and Zoom consultations to help you understand your legal rights and options so you can make informed decisions about your immigration journey and get the help and safety you need to move forward confidently.