Many immigrant women suffer from abuse at the hands of harmful individuals who think they can get away with it. Victims are often afraid to take action because of their sensitive residency status.
The Violence Against Women Act exists to help both citizens and immigrants break free from their abusive situations. Understanding this particular area of immigration law will give you the knowledge you need to start living a safer and happier life.
What VAWA can do for you
The process of getting your green card typically involves a sponsorship from a spouse or parent who is already a permanent U.S. citizen. If your sponsor is abusive or uncooperative, they might hinder you in your efforts to earn your green card and trap you in a dangerous situation. The Violence Against Women Act offers the option to self-petition for a green card and bypass the need for a cooperating sponsor.
How you can qualify for VAWA protection
Receiving the protection of VAWA requires that you prove that you are the victim of abusive behavior. This does not only entail physical violence. If you are an immigrant woman suffering from any of the following actions, you can apply for VAWA protection:
- Verbal abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Economic hindrance
- Social isolation
You do not have to tolerate abuse just because you have concerns over losing the opportunity to become a permanent U.S. resident. The Violence Against Women Act serves to offer the protection you need to continue your green card process in a safe manner.