Prior to 1994 if an immigrant found herself in an abusive relationship there was little that they could do other than leave the relationship and face deportation. In an effort to provide relief to immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse the US passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The act provides relief for a woman that has suffered abuse by a spouse that is a citizen of the US or a lawful permanent resident. Victims of violence have two options available to them and their children:
* They can fight deportation based on being a victim of domestic violence
* They can petition for lawful permanent residency without spousal involvement
It is not simple to win a VAWA case:
Immigration cases citing the Violence Against Women Act are unique, attempting to fight deportation or gain permanent residency without the able assistance of a VAWA attorney in Chicago is not a good idea; all it takes is one simple error and the chances of a successful plea can be dashed.
Of course, discussing the details of domestic violence will not be easy. In order to be successful it is of utmost importance that the petitioner presents her case in detail, as much as it may hurt, nothing must be held back. Because of this, your attorney must be one that makes you feel comfortable.
Who can file for VAWA benefits?
Although the act includes the word “women” in its description, the protection afforded under VAWA is not limited to women only. The following individuals can file a self petition under the terms of VAWA.
* Both male and female applicants that have been abused or battered by a spouse that is a US citizen or legal permanent resident
* Both male and female applicants that have not been abused by a citizen or permanent resident but their children have been
* Both male and female children of a citizen or permanent resident that have been abused or battered
When you hire a VAWA attorney in Chicago to deal with your petition the abusing spouse will never know you are doing it, the entire process is held in strict confidence. This allows you to either remain in the home or leave it without having any concerns, including deportation.
If you suffer abuse by a US citizen or a legal permanent resident you can take advantage of the Violence Against Women Act and petition for PR without any involvement of your abusive spouse. As the process is complex you will need a skilled VAWA attorney in Chicago. You are invited to discuss your situation with Din Law. Like us on our facebook page.