The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that was passed by Congress in part to provide for protections to battered immigrant spouses. VAWA allows for battered immigrant spouses to self petition independently for their immigration status without relying on an abusive citizen or legal permanent resident spouse.
U&T Visa Information
The U visa allows for qualifying undocumented immigrants to gain lawful status in the United States for up to four years. The U visa also grants recipients the right to work and provides a work authorization card (EAD). Protection against removal is also granted, and, after 3 years, the U visa recipient may have the ability to apply for a green card.