Boston Cote feature-petitionWe are a nation of immigrants. We believe that for many immigrants, a better life exists in this country.

Foreign nationals in the U.S. may qualify for immigration benefits if they meet the requirements of certain United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) programs.

For example, some applications by which a foreign national may submit a self-petition for immigration benefits include:

Self-Petitions for Asylum

For those seeking protection from persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, the United States may offer asylum. In order to apply for asylum, interested parties must file a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. You must do so within one (1) year of your arrival into the country and there is no fee to apply for asylum.

Citizenship and Naturalization
Deferred Action Status for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Employment Authorization
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ)
Visas (S-visa, T-visa, U-visa)
Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA)

As an abused child, parent, or spouse you may self-petition for an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as provided by provisions in the Violence Against Women Act. VAWA allows for spouses, children, and parents of abusive U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents to file a petition for themselves without the abuser’s knowledge. This allows a victim to gain independence from his or her batterer. Due to safety concerns, the abuser is never notified about the filing. These provisions are permanent and apply equally to women and men. If you’re interested in pursuing this route and need advice, consider calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 fore more information.

Widow/Widower Benefits

If you would like to discuss your eligibility for immigration benefits as an immigration self-petitioner, call us today for a free consultation.


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