VAWA Immigration Attorney Grapevine, TX
In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This law protects immigrant spouses and children from abusive situations. It does this by permitting those spouses or children to petition independently of their abusers, which can later lead to them obtaining a green card if eligible. In VAWA immigration cases, women and men who are abused can seek a VAWA lawyer to help them file a VAWA petition. Randi Megan Otwell is a trained and experienced VAWA immigration attorney who is ready to help you in a troubling time.
Physical abuse and extreme cruelty is a horrific breach of trust by those whom you depend on the most. All the same, you have rights and protection in the United States, even if you currently depend on the abuser for residency. The government lays out several requirements for VAWA eligibility and the process involves several steps. Keep reading below to see if you may be eligible for this protection and to learn more about the process.
VAWA Immigration Cases
There are several classes of people eligible for VAWA immigration benefits. The general category is that of vulnerable individuals remaining in the United States with an abusive family member. Some specific examples of abusive family members who may qualify you to file a VAWA petition include:
- US citizen spouse or ex-spouse
- Lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or ex-spouse
- LPR parent
- US citizen parent
- US citizen child
We recognize that abuse can come from any source. The Law Office of Randi Megan Otwell has experience working with victims and provides a safe place for victims to seek help. The approval of a VAWA petition largely depends on documenting physical abuse or extreme cruelty and effectively presenting that evidence to the government. A VAWA lawyer like Attorney Otwell will work with you to best present your case and will refer you to resources so that you can work through this challenging time.
VAWA Green Card
Due to the sensitivity of situations involving abuse, it’s important that all parties are discrete. Aside from the need for discretion, a qualified VAWA immigration attorney can help with the process from start to finish. While it’s not intentionally convoluted, there are still some restrictions on how to apply for a VAWA green card. As a result, Attorney Otwell will ensure that together, we take all the correct steps.
Generally speaking, the process is this:
- Ensure Eligibility and Submit Forms. First, Attorney Otwell will review your case. She will file the form I-360 for any case based on abuse. In addition, Attorney Otwell will submit the correct documentation to the Vermont Service Center for processing. This facility processes all applications related to VAWA immigration cases.
- Obtain Prima Facie Determination Notice. After the VSC receives and confirms that documentation, they will send you a Prima Facie Determination Notice. For 150 days, you may present this notice to government facilities for certain public benefits.
- Final Determination. Once the service center has fully reviewed your application, your petition may be approved. Upon approval, VAWA Immigration Attorney Otwell will confer with you to let you know what rights you now have in the United States. This may include the opportunity to work or apply for a VAWA green card. In any case, you may reside in the United States independent of your abusive sponsor.
This firm understands that this is a challenging time. You are tremendously vulnerable when a family member abuses you and uses your immigration status to further harm and/or control you. Nevertheless, you have rights and you deserve better. As a capable VAWA immigration attorney, Randi Megan Otwell can assist you in filing a VAWA petition. Turning to this office means that you’ll have the help of an experienced VAWA lawyer. When you do, you’re taking the right steps to achieve freedom. When you’re ready to take that step, call me.