The Violence Against Women Act ("VAWA") includes certain provisions which allow battered spouses and children to apply for immigration status in the United States, including adjustment of status, and work authorization. A VAWA applicant must demonstrate that he or she was battered or subject to extreme cruelty at the hands of a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse or parent or a US Citizen son or daughter.

VAWA self-petitioners may also qualify for certain defenses to removal and waivers of grounds of inadmissibility during adjustment of status, even without a qualifying relative.

Consult with Attorney Mary Lynn Tedesco to determine if you may be eligible to self-petition under the VAWA and if you are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residency as a result.