Sorry to hear your story. But you might benefit either from a U Visa or even a VAWA petition. Please read the attached articles. Contact an immigration attorney or an organization that can assist you. Do this asap.
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I am very sorry to hear about the abuse that you and your family suffered at the hands of your stepfather. Thank goodness you are safe.
In order to provide you with a more accurate assessment of your case, our law firm would need to know more specfics concerning your entry in the U.S., stepfather's convictions and court proceedings. Did he have a trial? Did you or mother cooperate with the police in the prosecution? Did he have a green card or was he in the U.S. on a visa?
There are a number of Immigration Petitions that we could file on your behalf, such as: Green Card Petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U Visa, etc. Contact our law firm for more information on procedure or consult with an Immigation Lawyer to find out more about how to get the process started to help you.
Good luck to you.
Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq.
BOS LEGAL, LLC
Phone: (800) 342-1733 ext. 101
I agree with the previous attorneys' advice.
You should definitely explore the possibility of getting status under a VAWA self-petition (for victims of domestic violence at the hands of a US citizen or legal permanent resident spouse, parent or child) or a U visa (for victims of crimes who experienced substantial physical and/or mental harm and who have been, are being or will be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime). I have handled these cases and winning one of these statuses can really change your life. It will put you on a path to legal permanent residence.
Your mother and brother may also have cases, as well.
Please schedule a consultation with an attorney experienced with these cases in order to see if you may be eligible.
I strongly advise consulting with an immigration attorney before filing any papers with Citizenship and Immigration Services or in the Immigration Court, particularly if the person for whom you are filing has any past negative immigration or criminal history and is in the United States. There is always a risk of removal from the United States.
Good luck to you.
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The Bortel Firm, LLC
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Minneapolis, MN 55415
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