VAWA: Immigration Relief for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

VAWA allows an abused spouse or child of a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident  or an abused parent of a U.S. Citizen to self-petition for lawful status in the United States, receive employment authorization and access public benefits benefits. VAWA provides domestic violence survivors with the means that are essential to escaping violence and establishing safe, independent lives. ILRC has co-authored the VAWA Manual, a 13-chapter step-by-step guide to VAWA to assist advocates working on VAWA cases.


VAWA Q&As with USCIS from 2012 Memphis FBA Conference

These notes were taken at the VAWA sessions of the conference in May 18, 2012 conference and contain lots of important practice questions, updates and filing tips for VAWA cases.

May 2012 VSC Stakeholder Call

These notes from the quarterly VSC Stakeholder call held on May 9, 2012 contain lots of important updates and filings tips for VAWA, U and T visa cases.

VAWA Memo for Self-Petitioning Parents of Abusive U.S. Citizen Sons & Daughters

On August 30, 2011, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on eligibility to self-petition as a battered or abused parent of a U.S. citizen.

VAWA Memo for Self-Petitioners Who Are over 21 But under 25

On September 6, 2011, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudications of VAWA self-petitions for applicants who are over 21 but under 25 years of age.

Policy Memorandum on Revocation of VAWA-Based Self-Petitions

December 15, 2010 USCIS Policy Memorandum: Revocation of VAWA-Based Self-Petitions (Forms I-360); AFM Update AD10-49