victims of crime

Victims of Crime

Victims of Domestic Violence (VAWA)
If you are married to a U.S. citizen or green card holder, and you are the victim of domestic violence, you may be eligible to obtain a green card without the knowledge or assistance of your spouse. Victims of Domestic Violence (VAWA) provisions allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens, and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to 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.

U Visas
The U visa can be extremely helpful for people who would not otherwise qualify for legal status in the United States. If you or your child has been a victim of domestic violence, abuse or certain other crimes, you may be eligible for a U visa. Even if you entered the U.S. without permission, were deported, or have a criminal record, you may still qualify for the U visa if you assisted law enforcement in investigating the crime for which you were the victim.
 
There is a 10,000 limit on the number of U visas available each year. If USCIS determines you are eligible for the U visa, but none is available, you will be placed on a waiting list and will be eligible for a work permit while you wait for a U visa. After 3 years on the U visa, you may be eligible to apply for a green card.

Qualifying Criminal Activities
Abduction, Abusive Sexual Contact, Blackmail, Domestic Violence, Extortion, False Imprisonment, Female Genital Mutilation, Felonious Assault, Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting, Hostage, Incest, Involuntary Servitude, Kidnapping, Manslaughter, Murder, Obstruction of Justice, Peonage, Perjury, Prostitution, Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Slave Trade, Stalking, Torture, Trafficking, Witness Tampering, Unlawful Criminal Restraint.

Contact Us

Call the office at (310) 597 4222 or send a message below

Top
Pamela L HartmanClients’ ChoiceAward 2017
Pamela L HartmanReviewsout of 27 reviews

Immigration Impact

  • Government Watchdog Says US Officials Were...
    09/19/2019

    In summer 2018, the Trump administration attempted to deter asylum-seeking families from coming to the United States by separating children from their parents at the southern border. It was immediately clear that separated children’s trauma would be long-lasting. Now, the Department of Health […]

  • ICE Plans to Build ‘Hyper-Realistic’ Tactical...
    09/18/2019

    At a new training facility at Fort Benning in Georgia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning to build “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, schools, courtrooms, and commercial buildings to replicate the type of environment its agents encounter on the […]