Green card for victims of violence
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is law designed to protect non-citizen victims of battery or extreme cruelty committed by a U.S. citizen spouse or former spouse, U.S. citizen parent, U.S. citizen son or daughter. It also applies to a lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or former spouse, or LPR parent.
This type of petition allows victims to self-petition without the abuser’s knowledge or consent. If a VAWA self-petition is approved, the applicant can apply for a Green Card.