Our immigration attorneys at Galstyan Law Group are specialists in the area of battered spouses for men and women.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) equally applies to both Men and Women. The VAWA was passed in 1994 allowing certain battered immigrants to self-petition to the USCIS without relying on an abusive U.S citizen or legal permanent resident to sponsor their application for an adjustment of status.
To gain a better understanding of how the VAWA cases work, it is essential to understand how immigration law works pertaining to family immigration. Generally, in order for a non-citizen spouse to become a permanent resident in the USA, the U.S citizen spouse or the permanent resident spouse must file what is called an immediate family petition. It is very common in abusive relationships for the U.S citizen spouse or the permanent resident spouse to gain control and power over the immigrant spouse and use their ‘dependency’ to their advantage.
As such the VAWA law eliminated the requirement that the U.S citizen spouse or the lawful permanent spouse file these petitions, essentially allowing the battered or abused spouses to self-petition (VAWA self petition).
Our VAWA immigration lawyers are highly trained in all areas of VAWA law and can assist immigrants anywhere in the U.S facing an abusive relationship with their U.S Citizen and Permanent Resident (Green Card) spouses.
Call an immigration lawyer at Galstyan Law Group today for your free consultation and see how our expert team of VAWA immigration attorneys can help you 800 939 8004 or 323 642 6000.