VAWA & Domestic Violence-Based Petitions  

VAWA and Domestic Violence Survivor Attorneys in Omaha

Use Immigration to Escape Domestic Violence

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows victims of domestic violence to receive a Green Card under special circumstances. This immigration program is not limited only to women, but to anyone who has been abused or cruelly neglected by a qualifying family member.

You might be eligible to use a VAWA self-petition if you have been abused by a:

  • Spouse or ex-spouse who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR)
  • Parent who is a U.S. citizen or LPR
  • Son or daughter who is a U.S. citizen

To get your VAWA petition started, you can call 402-403-4358 and connect with Carlson & Burnett in Omaha, Nebraska. We keep all calls confidential and private to protect our clients from retaliation from an abusive family member. As experienced immigration attorneys and people who genuinely care about the members of our communities, we will do all we can to act quickly and discreetly, hopefully getting you a VAWA-approved Green Card as soon as possible, so you can leave your abusive household and start a safer life on your own.

Why is a Self-Petition Important?

When you want to seek a Green Card as a victim of domestic abuse, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows you to use a Form I-360, which is a self-petition. Being able to self-petition without a sponsor is crucial because it means no one else needs to know about the filing. You can explore your legal options without your abusive family member knowing about it. Once again, our law firm promises to use discretion to keep any inquiries with us confidential.

You should keep in mind that VAWA self-petitioners can be exempt from typical reasons why the USCIS would block a status adjustment. It might take some work to show that you have been the victim of domestic abuse if the USCIS does not think your petition is valid, though. Our attorneys can help you gather proof of abuse, or at least form a convincing argument to use when filing.

Begin Your VAWA Case as Soon as You Can

Please do not hesitate to see how you can leave abuse behind with a VAWA self-petition that secures you a Green Card. When it is safe to do so, please call 402-403-4358 and let our attorneys know what it is going on, so we can see how we can help. If it would be safer to email us using a private account that your abuser does not know about, then please click here to fill out a contact form.

Other Programs for Survivors

Other programs besides VAWA include the U visa for victims of certain crimes who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and the T visa for victims of human trafficking. The immigration attorneys at Carlson & Burnett have extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence as well as other crimes, and utilize their vast knowledge to obtain the best possible results for their clients facing such difficult situations.


Families We've Helped

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