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VAWA stands for the Violence Against Woman Act. Through VAWA Visas, an abused spouse or child of a U.S citizen or lawful permanent resident can self-petition for lawful status in the U.S. They can also be authorized for employment and gain health benefits. VAWA is designed to give domestic violence survivors a way to escape the dangers and establish safe, independent lives.
The VAWA Visa allows those immigrants who have married citizens or legal residents that have survived domestic violence to ask for legal residency, without the help of their abusive husbands. For VAWA visa eligibility, you must prove that you are legally married to a U.S citizen or divorced for at least 2 years, are a victim of domestic violence during your marriage, have lived with your spouse and that you entered the marriage with "good faith" and not just for immigration purposes.
You can apply for a VAWA Visa by "self-petitioning" for a permanent residency, without the help of your spouse. However, it is advised that you have an immigration lawyer to help you with the petition. Also, if you have been married to a U.S citizen or lawful permanent resident and have been in the U.S for more than 3 years, you can ask to suspend your deportation without your spouse's help. If you're at risk of deportation, an immigration lawyer can help you with this issue.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and would like to apply for a VAWA Visa, contact Attorney Search Network today. We can help connect you to an immigration lawyer that handles VAWA Visas.
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