Victims Married to a Citizen and Suffer from Domestic Abuse
In the United States, the immigrant number along with their US-born children is circa 85.7 million, which makes up to 26 percent of the country’s population as of 2020. Among 85.7 million of the immigrant population, more than half of the population consists of women and girls. Most of these women suffer from different types of abuses just like other women in the U.S. but what makes them more vulnerable to their abusers is their immigrant status. The abuses they suffer from are domestic violence and abuse, sexual harassment, assault, workplace violence, and harassment. Due to these circumstances, the government has provided noncitizen women, who are the victims of domestic violence and abuse, with numerous forms of protection.
Non-citizens victims of domestic abuse have been provided with various securities due to the several improvements in immigration laws done by Congress over the recent three decades. Victims of domestic abuse who get restrictive residency dependent on their marriage to a spouse who is a U.S. citizen are permitted to apply to eliminate that contingency without the help of their spouse in the scenario of a domestic relationship. This is permitted thanks to the Immigration Reform Act of 1990 known as “battered spouse waiver”.
The Violence against Women Act (VAWA) provides noncitizen women who are victims of domestic abuse with an arrangement in which they can acquire immigration help without depending upon their abusive spouse. This act was formed in 1994 and the process is known as “self-petitioning.”
The U visa helps the victims of domestic abuse or other abuses with the protection if they are willing to help the police in the investigation or indictment of a criminal case. It also helps the women in getting permission to live and work in the U.S.; it may also bring about the excuse of any case filed against the noncitizen victim in the court of immigration. If you know someone who is a victim of abuse, contact Abogado Guerrero immediately to learn more about applying for a U Visa or VAWA program. Call our local office in Miami, Florida 786-626-9546.