U Visa / VAWA

Charlotte & Charleston Immigration Lawyers for U Visas

Immigration Assistance Under VAWA for Abuse Victims

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has special provisions for the victims of crimes and abuse. We encourage you to speak with either our Charlotte Immigration Attorney or our Charleston, SC Immigration Attorney about your case as soon as possible. At The Immigration Law Offices of Goehring & Strang, we are passionate about offering compassionate, effective representation for the victims of violence. We’re here to provide counsel and help so you can get out of this situation and achieve your immigration goals.

Immigration Petitions for Abuse Victims

There are three possible visas for individuals who have been the victims of abuse and other crimes:

  • The U Visa is for major crimes victims.
  • The T Visa is for human trafficking victims.
  • The Violence against Women Act (VAWA) petition is for spouses / parents / children of United States citizens / green card holders who are abused.

Should I Apply for a U Visa or VAWA Self-Petition?

If you are unsure whether to apply for a U visa or a VAWA self-petition, our lawyers at The Immigration Law Offices of Goehring & Strang can answer your questions. You can achieve permanent residency in the United States by pursuing either of these paths.

The U visa:

  • Has a cap of 10,000 each year
  • Requires applicants to be “helpful” to law enforcement by bringing criminals to justice
  • Requires a signed law enforcement certification

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The VAWA self-petition:

  • Has no annual cap or limit
  • Requires the abusive spouse to be a United States citizen or an LPR
  • Requires applicant to demonstrate “good moral character”

Call Our Charlotte, NC or Charleston, SC Law Office for Assistance

If you or a loved one is a victim of violence or abuse, contact our Charlotte law firm now. United States immigration law provides for individuals in your situation. We can help you navigate the system and achieve your immigration goals. You’ll work directly with an immigration attorney in Charlotte or Charleston, SC every step of the way—and you can rely on us to represent you tirelessly. Se habla Espanol.

Call The Immigration Law Offices of Goehring & Strang for a consultation. Call today to speak with a caring representative about your family-based immigration case. We have two office locations to better serve you: Charlotte, NC (980) 221-1332 and Charleston, SC (843) 640-0070.