Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”)

Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”)

Immigration laws provide substantial benefits to individuals who are victims of emotional or physical abuse by their U.S. citizen spouse or step-parent.

Many legal restrictions to obtaining a green card simply do not apply to abused spouses. For example, generally an individual must enter the country legally before he or she can adjust status (i.e. obtain a green card) based on marriage to a U.S. citizen.

However, an abused spouse who enters the country without inspection (“EWI”) may still adjust status based on an approved VAWA petition, filed on Form I-360.


The Law Office of Jacob L. Ratzan, P.A. has ample experience working with abused spouses and children. Please call us if you believe you may qualify for immigration benefits under VAWA.