Self-Petitioning Visa Empowers Abused Women

Self-Petitioning Visa Empowers Abused Women | Laraine Schwartz

It is an unfortunate fact that violence against women occurs all over the world—but many may find some protection in the United States.  Originally passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides a wide range of protection and remedies for women and men who have been the victim of abuse at the hands of their spouse. Included in the bill was the creation of a self-petitioning visa by filing the form I-360—sometimes referred to as the “VAWA visa” or the “domestic violence green card.”

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