Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Violence Against Women Act Immigration Attorney
Sadly, many women and children in the U.S. live in domestic violence situations. This type of abuse often causes its victims to feel demoralized and powerless to fight for their rights. In situations where there are immigration concerns, domestic violence victims are even less likely to report abuses to authorities for fear of arrest and deportation. The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) was established to provide protection for victims of domestic violence. Under VAWA, the U.S. government takes into account domestic violence situations when applying immigration policies. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. we are experienced in applying the provisions of VAWA to assist our clients in obtaining immigration benefits.
VAWA Provisions for Immigrants
Many immigrants rely on the sponsorship of spouses or parents to petition for visas. In domestic violence situations, this sponsorship can cause victims additional exploitation. Fortunately, immigrant provisions in VAWA allow abuse victims to self-petition (and/or petition for dependents) for residency. Victims can file for immigration benefits without alerting abusers, thereby freeing them of dependency on their abusers for immigration benefits.
Abuse victims can self-petition even after they have divorced their abuser if they do so within two (2) years of the divorce. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. we are familiar with all of the VAWA requirements and are skilled in preparing VAWA petitions. The attorney and staff at our firm will evaluate your situation and help create a compelling and effective petition for residency.
If you or your dependent is the victim of abuse, do not be afraid to seek help in obtaining immigration benefits. In the U.S., the government prioritizes assisting victims of abuse over enforcement of immigration policies. We can help you secure the immigration benefits you need to take control of your life. Contact us to schedule a consultation.