You may be eligible for immigration relief under VAWA if you have suffered battery or extreme cruelty at the hands of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouse, former spouse, child or parent.
How you apply is dependent on whether the abusive family member is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
File Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant and documentation that demonstrates you suffered battery or extreme cruelty.
You will also need to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. The timing of this filing will depend on whether your abusive family member is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
The process is complex, and we strongly urge consultants with an immigration attorney. Some allies nonetheless provide detailed instructions:
- Immigrant Legal Resources Center: Applying for Adjustment of Status through VAWA
- Women’s Law Center: Guidance for Applying for VAWA