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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

If a non-citizen has been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty that individual may qualify to “self-petition” for lawful permanent residence or may qualify for a different type of cancellation of removal. Cancellation of Removal under this category requires the individual to show:

  • 3 years of continuous physical presence;
  • That he or she is the victim of battery or extreme cruelty; and
  • Extreme hardship to the applicant him or herself or to a spouse, parent or child who is a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident.


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