To be eligible for VAWA benefits, you must meet specific criteria:
Be the victim of battery or extreme cruelty by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or in some cases, adult child.
Have a qualifying relationship with the abuser.
Demonstrate good moral character.
Show evidence of the abuse and its connection to the need for VAWA protection.
VAWA beneficiaries may be eligible for several benefits, including:
VAWA self-petitioning to seek lawful permanent residency (a green card).
Work authorization while their VAWA petition is pending.
Protection from deportation while their VAWA petition is pending.
The process generally involves:
Filing a VAWA self-petition (Form I-360) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Providing supporting documentation and evidence of the abuse.
Attending a USCIS interview (if required).
If approved, applying for lawful permanent residency (a green card) through adjustment of status (Form I-485) or consular processing (if outside the U.S.).