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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (Immigration Center for Women and Children)

  • Organization: None
  • Document Type: Form (other)
  • Date Created: Wednesday, January 01, 2014
  • Submitted: Tuesday, October 04, 2005
  • Attachment(s): LINK

In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), creating special routes to immigration status for certain battered noncitizens.  Among the basic requirements for eligibility, a battered noncitizen must be the spouse or child of an abusive U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Through a self-petitioning process, the battered spouse/child may apply for immigration status without the knowledge or involvement of the abuser. Derivative status is available to certain children and parents of the principal immigrant.

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