The United States immigration policy regarding victims of violence is a bright spot in out national consciousness.  Yes, the U.S. takes seriously the human tragedy that abuse causes to individuals, families, and communities.  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the primary method for victims of domestic violence to gain legal status.  When the abuser is not a citizen or permanent resident, a U-Visa may be an option.

If the abuser is a Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card):

Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA)

If the abuser is NOT a Legal Permanent Resident:

Assisting Law Enforcement (U Visa)


All domestic violence related matters are handled by the USCIS Vermont Service Center.  This Center was established to handle sensitive cases.  The Service Center’s staff is trained, specifically, in handling these cases.  

Confidentiality is  strictly upheld and information submitted to the Center is NOT made available to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)