Philadelphia Child & Spousal Abuse Petitions Lawyer
Immigrants who are victims of abuse live in fear. All too often, their abusers present themselves as being the only people with the ability to provide them with the freedom they seeking the United States. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can aid these victims in the process of filing a petition to gain a green card without relying on those who abuse them.
Many of these victims feel especially vulnerable as a consequence of language barriers and separation from family, and because they may not fully understand the laws here in the United States. For these reasons, many immigrants are afraid to report cases of domestic violence to the police or look to other avenues for support and assistance. These fears unfortunately cause many people to remain in abusive relationships with their spouses. If you are the victim of domestic violence or extreme cruelty and are not a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident, you may be eligible for a “domestic violence green card.” Normally green cards are attained in the scenario that a family member or employer petitions for an immigrant application to live in the US. However, victims of abuse may be eligible for self-petition, and thus not need to rely upon an abusive spouse to petition for them.
To qualify for an abuse petition, a client must be one of the following:
- The spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has abused the client;
- The parent of child who has been abused by their U.S. citizen or resident spouse;
- A parent who has been abused by their U.S. citizen or resident child; or
- An unmarried, under the age of 21 child who is abused by their U.S. citizen or resident parent
In normal cases of family-based immigration, a Philadelphia immigration lawyer would work with all parties to petition for a family member to be given a visa to remain in the United States. However, an immigration attorney needs to recognize the dangerous situation with which a client who is abused is faced. An abuse petition allows for the client to file for a green card without giving their abuser any knowledge that the client is petitioning. Our attorneys’ main goal is to provide a smooth, individual, and private approach to filing for an abuse petition, and gaining the freedom they deserve, both from their abuser and in this country.
The Philadelphia Immigration Attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. understand that, in cases of abuse, victims often shy away from taking action against their abuser out of fear of retaliation. Our goal is to reassure clients that applying for an abuse petition is the safest and most effective legal way to break free and begin their independent lives. We work with our clients step-by-step through the whole process to ensure that everything is done in the quickest and most efficient possible manner.
Are you the victim of abuse? Want to know if you are eligible? Act now. Contact us online or call us at any time to make a confidential consultation: 215-543-7220 (Philadelphia immigration lawyer) and 609-775-9567 (Trenton).
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.