Glossary

Use this glossary to find a definition or explanation for a term related to immigration. Start by searching for the term or clicking on the letter your word begins with. You may also view all terms.

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Valid

Genuine, authentic, real.

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VAWA

VAWA is short for the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA protects family members of abusive U.S. citizens and green card holders by allowing them to apply for a green card without the help of their abusive family member. It is not just for women.

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Violation

Disobeying a rule or a law, even if you did not know about the rule or law. Some violations can make it difficult or impossible for you to stay legally.

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Visa

Official permission to be in the U.S. Examples: tourist visa, student visa, U visa.

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Vocational

Training, school, or other learning program related to a job or job skills.

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Voluntary Departure

An order from an immigration judge to leave the U.S. on your own by a certain date.