Importance of an Immigration Attorney in Your VAWA Case

VAWA provides a pathway to safety and independence, allowing survivors to seek legal status independently of their abusers. Many clients apply for VAWA and a green card, allowing them to receive work authorization in approximately 7 months from the date of applying and travel authorization to leave and return to the U.S.  However, navigating VAWA petitions requires expert guidance, making the role of an experienced immigration attorney indispensable.

An attorney specializing in VAWA cases brings a deep understanding of the legal framework surrounding these petitions. They assess each case individually, identifying compelling evidence to support the applicant’s claim of abuse. In most cases, a detailed declaration outlining various forms of abuse is the only piece of evidence as VAWA recognizes many forms of abuse.  This expertise ensures that all necessary documentation is properly gathered and presented, maximizing the chances of a successful outcome.

An attorney can effectively navigate any potential obstacles or complications that may arise during the VAWA application process. From addressing requests for additional evidence to representing clients in interviews or hearings, their expertise ensures that survivors’ rights are protected every step of the way. Additionally, should an application be denied, an attorney can provide invaluable assistance in filing appeals or exploring alternative legal options.


While the VAWA process may seem overwhelming, you do not have to face it alone.  Our firm handles numerous VAWA cases, making VAWA and green card applications the most common case-type for our firm.  

10.0Pratibha Kanive Agarwal
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Agarwal Law Group

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