Brooklyn VAWA Attorneys

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted by Congress in 1994, is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that offers vital protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, including immigrants. As experienced immigration attorneys, Usher Law Group views VAWA as a crucial lifeline for our clients who have been subjected to abuse. It allows certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Green Card holders) who have been victims of extreme cruelty or battery to file for immigration relief independently, without the abuser’s knowledge or consent.

This provision is significant as it empowers victims to seek both legal and personal safety. However, the process can be complex and requires meticulous documentation to establish eligibility. It’s advisable to consult with a knowledgeable immigration attorney when exploring the VAWA self-petition pathway to ensure a correct and complete application. 

Our Brooklyn VAWA attorneys at Usher Law Group are here to support you and your family throughout the immigration process. Call us today at (718) 484-7510 to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Documentation Needed to Apply for VAWA Immigration Status

When applying for immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act, it is critical to submit the right documents to establish your eligibility. While every case is unique, some of the essential documents you may need can include:

  • Form I-360 – VAWA Self-Petition
  • Proof of the abuser’s U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
  • Proof of relationship to the abuser, such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, or divorce decree
  • Evidence of having lived with the abuser
  • Documentation of the abuse, such as police reports, court records, and medical records
  • Proof of your good moral character, such as police clearance certificates, affidavits from friends and family, or evidence of community involvement
  • Psychological evaluation from a licensed mental health professional who can attest to your state of mental health due to the abuse suffered
  • Personal statement describing the abuse suffered

Call for Experienced Legal Guidance Today

The process of applying for immigration relief under VAWA can be fraught with challenges and complications. The requirement to provide comprehensive, compelling evidence of abuse can be an emotionally taxing process for victims. Moreover, understanding the nuances of immigration law and navigating the complexities of the application process often requires legal expertise that most individuals do not possess. There can also be language barriers and fear of reprisal from the abuser, which could further deter victims from pursuing the relief they are entitled to. It’s crucial to remember that help is available, and our compassionate, experienced attorneys can provide guidance and support during this difficult journey. From gathering necessary documentation to delivering legal guidance and representing your interests, our VAWA attorneys are here to help. 

Call our legal team at (718) 484-7510 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.


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