How can the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) help an abused spouse obtain lawful permanent residence (green card)?

Under VAWA, noncitizen victims of domestic violence may “self-petition” for U.S. residence without the cooperation of an abusive spouse. Victims may also self-petition if they are divorced as long as the marriage to the abusive spouse was terminated within two years of filing the petition. An approved VAWA self-petition provides the applicant with work authorization, […]

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5 Common Myths about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions

The abuse must be physical. One requirement to qualify under VAWA is that the petitioner has been subjected to battery or extreme cruelty. Domestic violence may be physical, but verbal abuse or emotional abuse are also forms of domestic violence and depending on the specific circumstances, may amount to extreme cruelty. Only women qualify for […]

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Ten Tips for Hiring the Right Immigration Attorney

Make sure they are an attorney and not merely a notario or consultant, and that the attorney is a member in good standing with their state bar. Check them out on-line. Do they have good reviews from others in the community? Are other clients pleased with the attorney’s work on their case?  See if the attorney […]

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5 FAQ’s About Immigration Bonds

En Español What is an immigration bond? When a person is detained and held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), their immigration and criminal history is reviewed and a determination will be made whether the person qualifies for a bond. Payment of the bond is required for the person to be released […]

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The Immigration Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

En Español In addition to public safety considerations, driving while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is a crime in every state in the U.S. A DUI conviction may cause serious immigration problems for a foreign national. For people without lawful status in the U.S., an arrest for a DUI in Jacksonville will result in […]

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Choosing an Immigration Attorney

Four things to consider when choosing your immigration attorney. Immigration law is complex and is constantly changing.  Find an immigration lawyer who practices only immigration law. Someone who dabbles in immigration, or does an immigration case here or there is probably not an experienced immigration attorney. Find an attorney with experience in your particular type […]

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