The United States has long been committed to promoting basic human rights, even beyond its own borders. Our immigration policy is no exception. In addition to robust asylum and refugee programs, the United States also offers numerous other immigration benefits designed to promote humanitarian goals and assist law enforcement in prosecuting those who perpetrate human rights abuses. Other programs allow victims of domestic abuse to self-petition for lawful permanent residency. With more than 20 years of immigration law experience, our NYC attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP understand the various programs that are available and how to take advantage of them.
As a method of cooperating with law enforcement, U.S. immigration policy provides for different types of visas that grant temporary nonimmigrant status to victims of crime who can assist with investigation and prosecution:
While the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) accomplished many things, one of its frequently overlooked contributions is in the area of immigration law. Under VAWA, an individual who normally could petition for lawful permanent residency with the support of a U.S. citizen or LPR family member, but who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of that family member, can self-petition for a green card without the knowledge or cooperation of that family member. This allows spouses, parents and children who have been victims of abuse to enjoy the immigration benefits to which they are entitled without exposing themselves to further harassment or abuse.
As a NYC law firm dedicated to immigration issues, our team at Bretz & Coven, LLP remains apprised of the latest programs available under U.S. immigration law. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems. For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.