Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
What happens if you apply for a green card through marriage to a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, only to discover that your spouse is abusive? People caught in this situation often feel trapped, and their abuser may threaten to withdraw support for the green card unless their victim stays in the marriage. Fortunately, there is an alternative. If you were married to a citizen or Permanent Resident who abused you or subjected you to extreme cruelty, you can apply for a green card through VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act), though this path is open to any gender.
You will need to show that the marriage was entered into in good faith, as well as, proving the abuse. It is best if you have documentary evidence such as hospital records, police reports, or statements from social workers. It is also important to file the application within two years of the divorce if you get divorced.
Call Martin Law for help (952) 746-4111.