Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), spouses, children, or parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are experiencing or have experienced battery or extreme cruelty by their relation are allowed to self-petition for an immigrant visa.
If you are the victim of domestic violence and decide to self-petition, your abuser will not be notified of the filing. In this way you can safely seek help and freedom from your abuser. Both men and women may file a petition under VAWA.
You may be eligible to self-petition if:
- You are or were the abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Your child has been abused by your U.S. citizen/permanent resident spouse
- You have been abused by your U.S. citizen/permanent resident son or daughter
- You are under 21, unmarried, and have been abused by your U.S. citizen/permanent resident parent
At Youngblood & Associates, we understand that domestic violence is a serious situation that needs to be handled with sensitivity and discretion. We will carefully work with you to:
- Determine if you are eligible to self-petition for an immigrant visa
- Correctly complete the appropriate form
- Gather all required supporting documentation
- Guide you in any next steps after filing and approval
Not sure what you need?
Call our office today at 931-274-7811 to schedule your FREE first consultation or complete a service inquiry form to get your process started today.