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With a remarkable track record spanning more than 15 years in the field of immigration law, Dalbir Singh and Associates, P.C. is proud to offer our expertise in assisting individuals through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) process. Our highly skilled attorneys have dedicated their careers to advocating for victims of domestic violence, abuse, and other qualifying crimes, helping them secure their legal rights and protections within the United States.

The Violence Against Women Act was enacted to provide relief to victims who have experienced physical or mental abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent. VAWA offers a pathway to immigration relief for victims who may be hesitant to come forward due to fear, manipulation, or the control exerted by their abuser.


At Dalbir Singh and Associates, P.C., we understand the sensitive nature of VAWA cases and the importance of handling them with compassion and diligence. Our experienced legal professionals possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to guide victims through the VAWA process, ensuring their safety, protection, and access to the rights they deserve.

By working closely with our clients, we gather the necessary evidence and documentation to support their VAWA petitions. Our attorneys are skilled in crafting persuasive narratives that demonstrate the victim's eligibility and the impact of the abuse they have endured. We assist with gathering affidavits, police reports, medical records, and other relevant evidence to strengthen the case.

If you have experienced domestic violence or abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, we are here to help. Contact Dalbir Singh and Associates, P.C. for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will assess your situation, explain the options available to you under VAWA, and provide comprehensive legal representation to help you obtain the protections and opportunities you deserve.

Contact Dalbir Singh & Associates, P.C. today! Call 212.428.2000 to arrange a consultation. We speak English, हिंदी, ગુજરાતી, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ , বাংলা, and Español.

VAWA Overview - Seeking Safety and Independence

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you may qualify for a green card under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA provides a pathway for spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens who have experienced extreme cruelty or been subjected to battering. This self-petition visa allows victims of abusive spouses, parents, or children to seek safety and independently apply for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status.

Eligibility Requirements for Battered Spouses, Children, and Parents

To be eligible for VAWA, specific requirements must be met depending on the relationship to the abuser:

    Battered Spouse:

  • You are married to a U.S. citizen abuser or your marriage ended due to death, divorce, or loss/renouncement of citizenship within two years prior to filing.

  • You or your child have experienced battery or extreme cruelty by your U.S. citizen spouse.

  • The marriage was entered in good faith, not solely for immigration benefits.

  • Residing with your spouse and demonstrating good moral character are also necessary.

  • Battered Child:

  • You are the child of a U.S. citizen abuser or a U.S. citizen who lost citizenship due to domestic violence.

  • You have suffered battery or extreme cruelty by your U.S. citizen parent.

  • Residing with the abusive parent and being a person of good moral character are required.

  • Battered Parent:

  • You are the parent of a U.S. citizen child who is at least 21 years old, or your child lost/renounced citizenship due to domestic violence, or your child passed away within two years prior to filing.

  • You have experienced battery or extreme cruelty by your U.S. citizen child.

  • Residing with the abusive child and demonstrating good moral character are essential.

Building a Strong VAWA Case - Evidence and Documentation

When filing Form I-360 for VAWA, providing supporting evidence is crucial. The United States government requires reports and/or affidavits from various sources, such as police, judges, court officials, medical personnel, school officials, clergy, social workers, friends, and family members. These testimonies serve as evidence of battery or extreme cruelty.

Additional evidence may include seeking refuge in a battered women's shelter, consulting with mental health professionals, providing photographs of visible injuries, or documenting "nonqualifying abuses" to establish a pattern of abuse or violence.

At Dalbir Singh and Associates, P.C., our experienced attorneys understand the significance of compiling compelling evidence for a VAWA case. We will guide you through the process, ensuring that your documentation is comprehensive and effectively supports your petition.


VAWA stands for the Violence Against Women Act.

A: Battered spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents may be eligible to apply for VAWA.

A: Yes, VAWA protections are available to both men and women.

VAWA aims to protect victims of domestic violence, extreme cruelty, or battery by providing them with a pathway to obtain lawful permanent resident status independently.

No, victims of domestic violence or abuse can apply for VAWA even if they do not have legal immigration status in the United States.

A self-petition allows victims to apply for immigration benefits without the involvement or sponsorship of their abuser.

No, reporting the abuse to the police is not a requirement to apply for VAWA. Other forms of evidence and documentation can be used to support your application.

Yes, eligible children can be included as derivatives in a VAWA self-petition filed by the victim.

Yes, VAWA applicants may be eligible to apply for employment authorization and work legally in the United States while their VAWA self-petition is pending.

Yes, VAWA recognizes that victims may have left the abusive relationship, and they can still apply for VAWA protection as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

The process typically involves filing a Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, along with supporting evidence and documentation to establish eligibility.

There is no specific deadline for filing a VAWA self-petition. However, it is generally recommended to file as soon as possible after the abuse has occurred.

Yes, individuals in removal proceedings can still apply for VAWA protection. It is important to consult with an immigration attorney to understand how it may impact your case.

USCIS takes confidentiality seriously, and the information provided in the self-petition is generally kept confidential. However, there are certain limited circumstances where information may be disclosed.

In many cases, prior deportation or certain criminal convictions may not automatically disqualify you from applying for VAWA. It is advisable to consult with an attorney who can assess your specific situation.

*Disclaimer: This content is an attorney advertisement. Prior successful results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. It is essential to consult with qualified legal professionals to understand your specific circumstances and legal options.

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