Here we will discuss what the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) is and whether you would qualify for one. If after reading this article you believe you may qualify for a “VAWA” contact Rejali Law Firm, San Diego’s premier Immigration Lawyers for your free and confidential consultation.
What is VAWA?
In 1994 Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act to protect those who have been subject to extreme cruelty while in a relationship with a United States Citizen or Green Card Holder. Those who qualify would be able to self-petition to receive protection under VAWA.
What Are The Qualification Requirements?
To qualify the spouse or child must demonstrate that he or she resided with the U.S. citizen or Green Card Holder; was battered or subject to extreme cruelty during the marriage (or, in the case of a spouse self-petitioner, the child was battered or subject to extreme cruelty); The marriage was entered into in good faith; you are otherwise eligible for immediate relative; and have good moral character.
Is There a Fee to File a VAWA Petition?
Will I Be Able to Obtain a Work Authorization?
Yes. Upon approval of the VAWA application you will be eligible for an employment authorization.
Am I Allowed To Adjust My Status Even If I Entered the U.S. Illegally?
Will I Later be Allowed to Naturalize If My VAWA Application is Approved?
Yes you may apply for citizenship 3 years after your VAWA application is approved.
I am a Male May I still Apply for VAWA?
Yes. Both Men and Women and their qualifying children may apply.
How Long Will the Process Take?
The current processing time is between 5 to 6 months.
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