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Thursday, September 8, 2011

VAWA self-petitions can be filed by the victim between the ages of 21 and 25

The USCIS has issued a policy memo dated September 6, 2011, to allow victims of abuse to file their self green card petitions even though they are over the age of 21 if it is filed before the age of 25.  The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005) amended section 204(a)(1)(D) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow continued eligibility for certain individuals to file a VAWA self-petition after the age of 21, if the abuse was at least one central reason for the filing delay.

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