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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed as a federal law in 1994. It allows abused immigrant spouses and children of U. S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain green cards. Under VAWA, an immigrant spouse may self-petition for lawful permanent status by filing Form I-360 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This can be done by the spouse for her own benefit or on behalf of her abused child, without having to rely on the abusive U.S. citizen or green card holder spouse’s or parent’s cooperation in filing such a petition.

If you have been a victim of battery or extreme cruelty from a spouse, former spouse, parent, son, or daughter who is an abuser and is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, we urge you to connect with Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC. Our competent and caring legal team is here to provide you experienced and skilled legal representation designed to provide the immigration and safety benefits you need and deserve. As former immigrants, our team understands the confusion, uncertainty, and anxiety of facing the complex laws, forms, and procedures connected with immigration issues.

Have you been abused by an immediate family member? Reach out to Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC at (713) 839-0639 or (332) 330-9442 to get the help you need to apply for a green card immediately.

More About VAWA

You can file Form I-360 which is a Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant without the knowledge or consent of your abusive family member. You will be referred to as a VAWA self-petitioner. If your self-petition meets the eligibility requirements and gets approved, it will generally allow you to apply for a green card. This is known as an “adjustment of status.” If you are an abused spouse whose marriage to a citizen or green card holder ended within the past two years, you may still self-petition. You will, however, have to prove that your prior marriage was legal and that a connection existed between the termination of your marriage and the abuse or extreme cruelty.

In general, self-petitioners and beneficiaries under VAWA will be exempt from any prohibitions to adjustment of statement. However, you must be admissible to the U.S. to qualify for a green card. Immigration law has various grounds for inadmissibility, all of which apply in these cases except for the ground of entering the country without inspection and the ground of being a public charge. Even if you are not qualified under one or more grounds of inadmissibility, you may be able to apply for a specific waiver or other immigration remedy.

In the case of a self-petitioning spouse, requirements to apply generally include:

  • Being of good moral character
  • Marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Marriage was entered into in good faith
  • During the marriage, as an immigrant spouse, you (or your child) were battered or subject to extreme cruelty by the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse (or parent)
  • You currently or in the past resided with the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse

Why You Need an Attorney at Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC

Applying for protection under VAWA calls for many crucial documents, records, and additional forms depending on your situation. It also commonly involves sensitive personal information. Because of the complex nature of this type of immigration filing, you will need the assistance and oversight of an experienced immigration lawyer to avoid any denials or delays. Our Houston VAWA lawyers know how to ensure that your packaged application is thorough, accurate, and designed to give you the best chance of success.


Schedule a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers by contacting us at (713) 839-0639 or (332) 330-9442 today.


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    “I was entirely satisfied with the service and level of professionalism that the office of Sebastian Simon Law offered me. Everyone in the office is very knowledgeable and are always keeping things on check.”

    - Mariana Solis Lujambio
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