The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that provides protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. The VAWA visa, or self-petition, is a type of visa that is available to certain victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes who are married to, or are the children of, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
To be eligible for a VAWA visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you have been the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other crimes, and that you have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of those crimes. You must also be able to show that you are the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and that you have been married to, or are the child of, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
If you are granted a VAWA visa, you will be allowed to live and work in the United States for a period of up to four years. After three years, you may be eligible to apply for a green card, or permanent resident status, if you meet certain requirements.
Obtaining a VAWA visa can be a complex process, and it is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements and to help you navigate the process.