Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Lawyer Austin TX
An individual who has been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty by their United States Citizen or Lawful permanent resident spouse or parent may qualify under VAWA to self-petition for permanent resident status. Filing a self-petition means that battered immigrants can apply for permanent residency by themselves without the abuser’s help and knowledge.
If you are a self-petitioning spouse:
You do not need to be married to your US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse at the time you file your self-petition. However, generally you need to file your self-petition within two years of the date of your divorce.
If you are a parent:
You may self-petition under VAWA if you are the parent of a USC who subjected you to battery or extreme cruelty, or if you are the parents of a USC, who in the last two years, lost citizenship due to domestic violence or died.
Immigration Benefits of VAWA
Once your VAWA self-petition is approved, you may:
- Apply to adjust your status to permanent resident status (and when you become eligible, apply for US citizenship); and
- Apply for an EAD so you can work in the US.
How Ghoshal Law can help you pursue a positive outcome
Improper filing can result in unforeseen difficulties and denials. Ghoshal Law can help prepare your application and file all required documentation in support of the relief you are seeking.
Contact Ghoshal Law today for a consultation with attorney Snigdha Ghoshal.