Humanitarian Immigration Options For People Fleeing Dangerous Situations
U.S. immigration law provides a number of protections for people who are victims of violence, human trafficking, parental abandonment and other dangerous situations. These protections could offer a path to a green card and possible U.S. citizenship for those who qualify. The process for obtaining those protections can be tricky to navigate. As with other aspects of immigration law, there are numerous detailed requirements, and the process can be both challenging and confusing.
That’s where we come in. At Immigration Law Group of Florida, P.A., our attorneys understand the fear, worry and uncertainty you may be facing. The prospect of navigating the immigration process may seem daunting. You don’t have to face it alone.
Safe, Supportive Allies
Here, you will find a safe and supportive legal team committed to helping you lay the legal foundation for a better life here in the U.S. Our immigration attorneys have more than 30 years of combined experience in this area of law, including experience helping victims of human trafficking and undocumented children. We are fiercely loyal and protective advocates for our clients and also strong allies for the LGBTQ+ community.
When you entrust us with your immigration situation, we can walk you through your options for humanitarian relief, which might include:
- VAWA petitions: As part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the law allows survivors of domestic abuse to self-petition for a green card (lawful permanent residence) instead of relying on the abusive relative for a family-based petition. Physical violence isn’t necessary to establish abuse. VAWA protects you regardless of your sexual orientation.
- U visas: Victims of crime in the U.S – especially victims of violent crime – can petition for a U visa to legally remain in the U.S. They can also eventually pursue a green card.
- T visas: Victims of human trafficking (sex and labor) can qualify for a visa that serves as a path to a green card.
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS): Minors under age 21 who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or both of their parents can apply for this immigration status, which paves the way to a green card.
Our attorneys will carefully review your situation and compassionately explain your options. Fluent in English, Spanish and French, they always strive to explain legal concepts in ways clients can easily understand.
Fighting For Your Safety And Immigration Rights
If you are considering pursuing humanitarian immigration options, you have likely lived through some tremendously challenging, dangerous and painful circumstances. We understand, and we are here to help you in any way we can. Our attorneys are committed to helping you find safety at last.
We offer initial consultations so you can get to know us and decide whether to move forward with our firm. Everything you share is completely confidential. To learn more, please reach out to us online or call our office in St. Petersburg, Florida, at 727-471-0677.