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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:
Work permit
Deferred deportation

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
    spouse.
  • 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
    authorization
Choose an Attorney:
Bernadette L. Thomas
Michael A. Thomas
Current Resources:

Immigration
Visa
Houston Area Women's Center
Counseling and Advocacy
Domestic Violence
Youth
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