Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA grants temporary status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before they turned 16. DACA allows recipients to obtain:
- Work authorization
- Social Security card
- Potentially Medicare
DACA status lasts for two years, but it can be extended indefinitely in two-year increments. Currently, there is no option for DACA recipients to obtain a green card or citizenship (unless they qualify through other categories).
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Family-based green cards typically require a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to sponsor their foreign-citizen family member. However, the VAWA allows certain immigrants who have been abused by their U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member to apply for a green card without the abuser’s knowledge. Under the VAWA, individuals of any gender can self-petition for a green card.
You may qualify for a VAWA-based green card if you suffered from extreme cruelty or abuse committed by your:
- U.S. citizen spouse/former spouse
- U.S. citizen parent
- U.S. citizen son or daughter
- Lawful permanent resident spouse/former spouse
- Lawful permanent resident parent
As stated above, you can complete the entire process without the abusive family member learning about your application.
If you are inadmissible for any reason (e.g. criminal history, unlawful presence, etc.), you will need to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility. Our attorney can help determine whether you need a waiver and assist you with the entire application process.
Learn how you may benefit from a humanitarian-based immigration program by calling (415) 212-6817 or contacting us online today. Our San Francisco law firm is dedicated to helping you stay safe and secure in the United States.