Violence Against Women Act Immigration Relief

Human Rights First

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offers a path towards permanent residence for victims of domestic violence.

It is important to consult with an immigration attorney to determine your eligibility and to assist you with this complicated process.

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, you may be eligible.

How you apply is dependent on whether the abusive family member is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

As a first step, you will need to 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, but the timing will depend on whether your abusive family member is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

ILRC’s Guidance for Applying for VAWA

Women’s Law Center Guidance for Applying for VAWA.