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.