How The Violence Against Women Act Impacts Your Immigration Goals
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) legislation was designed to protect abused, male and female spouses, and children. This law also protects immigrants in domestic danger from loss of immigration status and possible deportation.
Does this situation describe yours, as someone who is not yet an American citizen? If so, the experienced legal help you need is only a phone call away — to the Bennett Law Center in Groveland, Florida.
Attorney Bridgett Bennett founded her all-immigration law firm to serve clients in Lake County, Ocala County and Marion County of Central Florida — including immigrants who feel powerless while trapped in abusive relationships.
Skilled VAWA Lawyer Who Bridges The Immigration Gap
Ms. Bennett listens carefully to your accounts of domestic violence, and can file a VAWA petition on your behalf if you are spouse of an American citizen, or if the permanent resident has been the abuser.
Abuses covered under VAWA law can be physical, mental, psychological or a combination of all three. Other eligibility requirements are:
- Marriage entered into in good faith with a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or green card holder
- Evidence of an abusive relationship
- Evidence of your good moral character
The importance of detailed documentation of domestic abuse cannot be overstated, as is the meeting of deadlines. For example, you have two years from the finalization of a divorce to pursue VAWA protections. Your petition may be filed before or during a removal (deportation) proceeding.
Don’t give up hope. The law is on your side — and so is the Bennett Law Center. Contact us from wherever you are in Lake County, Marion County or Ocala County. Call 352-557-8989 locally — or 800-785-7060 toll free. You can also reach the office by email and Facebook.
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