Green Card for Abused Spouses, Children or Parents of U.S. Citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents
This guide provides information on how to obtain a Green Card for victims of domestic violence who have been battered or abused by their U.S. relatives. Usually, relatives of U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents (green card holders) can apply for a Green Card only if their U.S. family member files a family visa petition. However, immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen or U.S. lawful permanent resident who have been abused or battered by their U.S. family member are not required to have a family visa petition. Under provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), they can apply for a Green Card through the self-petitioning process and without help from their abusive U.S. family members. The Violence Against Women Act provides immigration relief for the following categories of victims of domestic violence:
Abused or battered wives or husbands of U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents
Abused or battered former wives or husbands of U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents
Abused or battered children of U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents
Abused or battered step-children of U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents
Abused or battered parents of U.S. citizens
Domestic violence involves physical and sexual abuse as well as psychological abuse, such as threats to commit certain violent acts. Victims of domestic violence who do not have a legal status in the U.S. or those who have violated U.S. immigration laws may qualify for a Green Card if they meet the eligibility requirements. Use our guide to learn about the eligibility requirements and the Green Card process for victims of domestic violence.
- Overview of the Green Card process for victims of domestic violence
- Eligibility requirements
- Information on the Preference Categories for victims of domestic violence
- Process of applying for a Green Card for victims of domestic violence who reside in the U.S.
- Process of applying for a Green Card for victims of domestic violence who reside outside the U.S.
- How to apply for an employment authorization document (work permit) to be eligible to work in the U.S.
- How to travel outside the U.S.
- All the required forms to complete your Green Card application
- Official U.S. government instructions
- Checklist of all the required supporting documentation to accompany your application
- Detailed instructions on how to fill out and file immigration forms
- Sample completed forms
- Interview process
- Information on the filing fees
- How to have the filing fees waived
- Processing times for your application
- How to change your address
- How to check the status of your application
- How to replace a lost Green Card
- Information on denials
- Addresses of U.S. consulates and embassies worldwide
- Addresses of USCIS offices nationwide
- Glossary of immigration terms
- Schedule an appointment at a USCIS office (InfoPass)
- USCIS approved physicians
- Check availability of immigrant visas
- Waiting times for nonimmigrant visas