Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A.
contact Our Firm Today
Toll free – 877-801-4135

Miami – 305-461-9500

Orlando – 407-992-2251

Does the Immigration and Nationality Act protect abuse victims?

When it comes to divorce and immigration, people may have a variety of concerns. Unfortunately, some people are afraid to leave their marital partner when they experience domestic violence. In addition to concerns over how their partner may react, they may also be worried about how splitting up could affect their immigration status. If you are going through this in Miami-Dade, or any of Florida's regions, it may be helpful to know your rights under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says that parents, children and spouses of U.S. citizens who have been subjected to domestic violence can file immigrant visa petitions on their own, thanks to the Immigration and Nationality Act. The INA, which protects women as well as men, was amended as a result of the Violence Against Women Act. These provisions enable victims of domestic violence to apply for immigrant visa petitions without the person who has abused them knowing. In some cases, children and spouses of those who have a green cards are also able to file petitions.

However, there are a number of requirements that have to be satisfied in order for you to be eligible to file a petition for an immigrant visa. For example, if you are married to an abuser, you must have good moral character and cannot have married your spouse only for immigration purposes.

You need to understand that this blog post is being offered for general informational purposes and does not constitute an alternative to legal counsel.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
The Florida Bar | 1950 American Bar Association DADE County Bar Association | 1916 Orange County Bar Association Coral Gables Bar Association American Immigration Lawyer Association

Contact Us Today. Call 877-801-4135 or complete this form to schedule a consultation with our legal experts.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Offices Conveniently Located in Miami And Orlando
Google+ Facebook

Miami Dadeland Office
7300 North Kendall Drive
Suite 680
Miami, FL 33156

Toll Free: 877-801-4135
Phone: 305-461-9500
Fax: 786-362-7127
Map & Directions

Midtown Miami Office
3401 North Miami Avenue
Suite 209
Miami, FL 33127

Toll Free: 877-801-4135
Phone: 305-461-9500
Fax: 786-362-7127
Map & Directions

Orlando Office
801 North Magnolia Avenue
Suite 221
Orlando, FL 32803

Toll Free: 877-801-4135
Fax: 786-362-7127
Map & Directions

Email This Office