|LEGAL RIGHTS FOR IMMIGRANTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Can an immigrant victim of domestic/family violence get legal help?
- Call Police:
- Get a protective order
- Get help through VAWA
What is Family Violence?
An act by a member of a family against another member of the family that is
intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, or assault; or, that is a threat
that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily
injury, or assault.
WHY Seek Help Through VAWA?
- Victim may self-petition
- Victim may file for immigration relief without abuser’s assistance or knowledge.
- With approved I-360 petitioner may obtain:
Who Can Self-Petition?
- The battered spouse of a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
- The parent of a child who has been abused by your U.S. citizen or LPR
- A child under 21 years of age and unmarried who is abused by your U.S.
citizen or LPR parent.
- Spouses of US citizens (USCs) and lawful permanent residents (LPRs)
- Children and stepchildren under age 21
- Abused parents of US citizens
- Spouses of A (diplomat), E (treaty-based travel), G(foreign government
employee) and H (business) visa holders may apply for employment