San Antonio Immigration Attorney Helping Women to Safety Through VAWA Petitions
Domestic violence is a very real problem that directly affects one in four women during their lifetime, with over one million physical assaults on women by their intimate partner occurring every year in the U.S. alone. Women who are abused often feel trapped in their situation and are scared to speak out or find help. This situation is even worse for immigrant women, who due to language barriers, social isolation, lack of resources, and worry over immigration status, may be even more reluctant to try to get help and break out of an abusive relationship. But help is available. Alfredo Lozano and The Lozano Law Firm in San Antonio help immigrant women find safety and freedom from abuse with the help of U.S. immigration policy and the protections afforded by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Free Yourself from an Abusive Relationship without Harming Your Immigration Status
VAWA is a federal law first passed by Congress in 1994. It was updated in 2000 by the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act and reauthorized in 2005 and again in 2013. VAWA provides a route for noncitizens who have been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by a spouse or parent to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States without having to rely on their citizen or resident spouse or parent to petition for them through the usual alien relative process. Instead, under VAWA the abused spouse may “self-petition” for residency without the knowledge of the abusive spouse or parent.
The Lozano Law Firm can help you prepare and file your petition for lawful permanent residence and obtain a Green Card under VAWA. Even if you don’t qualify for residence under VAWA, we may still be able to help you obtain legal status as a victim of criminal domestic abuse with a U-visa.
Seek Immediate Help from an Experienced Immigration Attorney in San Antonio
If you have been victimized by domestic violence or abuse and don’t know where to turn, get yourself to a safe location and call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They can connect you with resources and help you find a shelter in your area. If you are worried about how this might affect your immigration status, contact The Lozano Law Firm at 210-932-3600 in San Antonio or 325-227-6736 in San Angelo for advice and assistance from a skilled and compassionate Texas immigration lawyer.