VAWA Petitioners Generally
The following guide is intended for applicants seeking protection under the Violence Against Women Act.
GenerallyThe Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows spouses and children of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents to self-petition for permanent resident status, without the abuser's help or knowledge.
EligibilityTo self-petition for permanent residency under VAWA, an individual must:
o Show that s/he lived with a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse;
o Show that s/he was battered or subjected to extreme cruelty during the marriage;
o Show that s/he entered the marriage in good faith;
o Show s/he is otherwise qualified for admission; and
o Show that s/he has good moral character.
ProcessYou must file USCIS Form I-360 and all supporting documents and fees, including evidence of your good faith marriage to your USC or LPR spouse, evidence of the abuse you suffered, proof that you resided with your spouse, and evidence of your good character.