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The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”)

In 1994, a federal law was passed by Congress titled The Violence Against Women Act also referred to VAWA. This federal law is in place to provide protection to those immigrant spouses or children who have been battered by the U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or even the parent of a U.S. Citizen. It provides these victims with legal stay and employment authorization as access to public benefits. An abused immigrant spouse or child may be able to self-petition in order to gain permanent legal status in the United States by filing a I-360 Form on their own.

Who Can Apply

  • Abused spouses of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Abused children of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Abused parents of U.S. Citizens who qualify as immediate relatives


  • Must be honest and respectable
  • Must be a spouse of U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Must have gotten married with good intentions
  • Must have been battered or dealt with extreme cruelty by USC/LPR spouse
  • Must have resided or currently residing with USC/LPR spouse

Do you want to find out if you are eligible to file a I-360 Form under the VAWA program? Seek help today with an experienced immigration lawyer, so you can decide if you are eligible to become a lawful permanent resident today.

Schedule a Consultation Today

At the Law Office of Gary J. Kim, we take great pride in the personalized attention we provide to each of our clients.  We understand how challenging the process can be, and we will work with you through every step to help you through. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at (213) 427-6262 or contact us online.