Defense for Immigrants in Houston

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, was established to protect noncitizens who are trapped in an abusive relationship with a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident. 

The purpose of the law is to fix a problem that sometimes happens in our marriage-based immigration system. People come to the U.S. and feel forced to remain with an abusive spouse or family member in order to obtain a green card. The victims' desire for a better life allows the abusive family member to control them by violence and coercion.

When you petition for VAWA, you may be issued a work permit while your petition is evaluated, which may take 90 days. As with all immigration matters, the law is complex, with many ramifications.

How To Petition Under VAWA

To invoke VAWA with the USCIS, your petition must show that:

  • The person abusing you is (or was) a green card holder or U.S. citizen.
  • You are (or were) legally married to the abuser, and lived with that person.
  • The abuser battered you or subjected you to extreme cruelty.
  • Your marriage was genuine, and not entered into just for immigration benefits. Evidence of marriage fraud will kill your chances of qualifying under VAWA.
  • You are judged to be a person of good moral character.

source: texasimmigrationlaw

If you are undocumented and need Legal Help for DWI or DUI, Without a License, Drugs' Possession or Domestic Violence. You can contact Attorney Frank Yeverino (713) 545-2520, who specializes in Undocumented Criminal Defense of the, he will take personally the call to assist you directly and quickly. The Fy Law Firm helps you.

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