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Beatriz's Story


Beatriz is married to a citizen. At first she put up with his bad moods and temper. He threatened to call immigration and get her deported. As he became more abusive, she made plans to escape the marriage. She was afraid he would find her or call immigration. Beatriz learned about VAWA and met with a lawyer to file papers for a green card. She did it without her husband.

Beatriz qualifies for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Beatriz qualifies for VAWA because she has an abusive U.S. citizen spouse. VAWA protects family members of abusive U.S. citizens and permanent residents by allowing them to apply for a green card without the help of their abusive family member. It's not just for women.



Eligibility for VAWA

You may qualify if:

  • You have been abused;
  • The abuser is your spouse, parent, or child; and
  • The abusive spouse or parent is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, or the abusive child is a U.S. citizen.
im_beatriz_smlgreypng Beatriz

  My husband is a U.S. citizen, but he would not apply for me. Over the years he became more angry and controlling. I found a way to take care of myself and get a green card without his help. 


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