Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Acts (VAWA) to enable victims of domestic violence to leave abusive relationships without jeopardizing their immigration status. A battered or abused spouse or child of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident may self-petition for relief using Form I-360. To qualify, the petitioner must be of good moral character, must reside in the US, and must have lived in the US with the abusive spouse or parent for some period of time. If petitioning as the spouse of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, the petitioner must show that the marriage was entered into good faith and that the petitioner or the petitioner’s child was subject to extreme cruelty by the citizen or permanent resident. A child must show that he or she suffered extreme cruelty at the hands of the US citizen or lawful permanent resident parent. Please contact us for an appointment.
Non-citizens who are victims of qualifying criminal activity may be eligible to apply for a U Visa and request temporary immigration benefits. The victim or petitioner may include qualifying family members in the petition. To see a list of qualifying criminal activities please visit the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-918instr.pdf. Please contact us for an appointment.
Non-citizens who are victims of severe forms of trafficking, or modern day slavery. Human Trafficking is a word that may confuse one regarding its true meaning for immigration purposes. Human Trafficking is if one was enslaved and not allowed to leave and move freely and was forced to work against one’s will and were not compensated for this work. As appropriate, benefits may also be available to the victim’s immediate family members. The principal applicants must demonstrate the following: (1) they are or have been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons; (2) they are physically present in the US, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a port of entry, on account of trafficking in persons; (3) they have complied with any reasonable request for assistance in a Federal, State, or local investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking or the investigation of crime where acts of trafficking are at least one central reason for the commission of that crime, unless they are under the age of 18; and (4) they would suffer extreme hardship involving usual and sever harm upon removal. Please contact us for an appointment.
AAO is the Administrative Appeals office which handles many visas that have been denied.
Board of Immigration Appeals is where most denials of relief are appealed. They are located in Falls Church, VA. If you lose your case before an Immigration Judge, you may appeal your case to this Court.
You may appeal to the Federal Court if you lose at the Board of Immigration Appeals level.