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Battered Immigrants

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem among our immigrant population, just as it is among U.S. citizens.  Battered immigrants need legal assistance in order to navigate the complex maze of immigration laws.  Battered immigrants can become the most vulnerable clients when their batterers do not petition for their spouses and use their lack of immigration status as a further means of abuse.  There are various legal remedies available for battered immigrants to take this control away from their batterers and apply for employment authorization and adjustment of legal status on their own with the help of an immigration expert.




Translation of Orders of Protection: Courts help Keep New Yorkers Safe
When domestic violence impacts families of all backgrounds, civil and criminal orders of protection can be one of our most valuable and effective tools to help hold offenders accountable and keep victims and children safe. For limited English proficient language speakers, however, having this critical document issued in a language they cannot speak or read well undermines its very purpose. Read More

Information for Immigrant Victims with Limited English Proficiency
Empire Justice Center has produced a pamphlet outlining the language access rights of limited English proficient victims in Family Court and with other domestic violence service providers Read More

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VAWA 2013: New Aging-Out Provisions and Keeping Families Together :
In October of 2000, Congress created the U Visa with the passing of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. This legislation formed an incentive for crime victims to assist in the legal process because aiding law enforcement could be an effective path for them to obtain temporary status and other immigrant benefits. Read More

Questions & Answers: Victims of Criminal Activity, U Nonimmigrant Status :
Common questions and answers pertaining to U nonimmigrant visas. Read More


Questions and Answers: Filing T, U, and VAWA Petitions with USCIS :
These Questions & Answers concern filing requirements for T, U, and VAWA petitions with USCIS. They also address requests for expedited processing, confidentiality issues, adjudicator training, petition processing for applicants in removal proceedings, and travel authorizations, among other issues. Read More

Interoffice Memorandum: Determinations of Good Moral Character in VAWA- Based Self-Petitions :
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) of the change in the law concerning determinations of good moral character made in connection with VAWA-based self-petitions (Forms I-360). Read More

U VISA Self-Partitioners