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As a battered spouse, child, or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA provisions in the INA allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (green card holders) to file a petition for themselves—without the abuser's knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. The VAWA provisions, which apply equally to women and men, are permanent and do not require congressional reauthorization.
To learn more, contact the Tampa Bay VAWA lawyers at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. at (727) 939-6113.
Who Is Eligible?
U.S. immigration law clearly defines who is eligible to self-petition for lawful permanent residency (a green card) under the VAWA.
You may be eligible if you are the victim of violence and/or extreme cruelty at the hands of:
- A spouse or ex-spouse who is a U.S. citizen
- A parent who is a U.S. citizen
- A child who is a U.S. citizen
- A spouse or ex-spouse who is a lawful permanent resident
- A parent who is a lawful permanent resident
To apply, you will need to file a completed Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow/Widower, or Special Immigrant. Your spouse, parent, or child will not be informed and does not need to know that you have filed this form.
Let Our Firm Fight for You
The Tampa Bay immigration attorneys at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. understand the pressing and sensitive nature of these situations. We work quickly to assist victims of abuse, violence, and cruelty in order to help ensure their safety and safeguard their futures. Our legal team is prepared to assist you at every stage of the process, providing the personalized and compassionate legal guidance you need and deserve.