You may not fall into any of the standard immigration categories, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. We can also help you in specialized immigration processes.
The U.S. provides certain immigration benefits for humanitarian reasons to specific categories of individuals. These categories include asylum seekers, victims of violence, and spouses, parents and children of members of the U.S. military.
The government provides benefits to those in the U.S. who cannot return to their home countries due to persecution on the basis of their race, national origin, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
Victims of Violence
Victims of violence may be afraid to report what has happened to them due to their immigration status. However, the U.S. provides special protection for certain victims of violence under the Violence Against Women Act and under the U-Visa.
Violence Against Women Act (V.A.W.A.)
V.A.W.A. allows battered immigrants to self-petition for legal status in the U.S. without relying on their abusive U.S. citizen (or legal permanent resident) spouses, parents or children. Many abusers use legal status as a way to control their victims.
A U-visa is a non-immigrant visa available to victims of specified crimes who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and/or prosecution of the perpetrators. This visa provides an individual with a work permit and is a path to legal permanent residency status.
U.S. Military Families
Spouses and children of members of the U.S. military who are in the U.S. without documents normally would not qualify for green cards. However, through Parole in Place, they’re allowed to apply for green cards.