The United States has special visa provisions for victims of several types of crime, including domestic violence and human trafficking. The application process can be confusing and daunting. The Arizona attorneys at Ayala Law Office, P.C. understand the details and requirements and champion the rights of our clients at every stage in the immigration visa process.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created to fund investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women. Under the act, you may be eligible to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States if you are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by a U.S. citizen spouse, former spouse, parent or child or a lawful permanent resident spouse, former spouse or parent.
You must file a petition. Once the petition is approved, to qualify for a green card you must:
If you have unmarried children under the age of 21 when you apply under VAWA, they may also be eligible to apply for a green card. Many of the requirements are the same as for the applicant.
If you are the victim of a certain crime that occurred in the United States or that violated U.S. laws, you may be eligible for a U visa.
To qualify for a U nonimmigrant visa, you must:
Cooperating with the government can be confusing. Our attorneys help you fulfill the requirements for a U nonimmigrant visa and work to set you on a course to a safer future.
Modern-day slavery is a terrible reality. If you are a victim of severe human trafficking, you and qualifying family members may be eligible to remain in the United States for up to four years, for employment authorization, certain federal and state benefits, and to later obtain a green card. The law defines severe trafficking as “sex trafficking” or “labor trafficking.”
To be eligible for a T nonimmigrant visa you must:
Our firm understands how frightening the lives of crime victims can be. Applying for a visa should not add to the fear and frustration. We will answer your questions, help you navigate the myriad forms and requirements, follow your petition through the process and keep you updated; and ensure your rights are protected. With our years of immigration law experience, our attorneys can provide valuable counsel and ensure your T nonimmigrant visa is complete and accurately tells your story.
Ayala Law Office, P.C. assists victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking and other crimes to obtain a visa for their safety. We know how frightening the lives of crime victims can be. Applying for a visa should not add to the fear and frustration. Our immigration attorneys in Tucson answer your questions and help you navigate the myriad forms and requirements. We follow your petition through the process, keep you updated and ensure your rights are protected. To learn more, please contact us online or at 520-365-3185.