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Realities for Immigrant Populations: How they Experience the System

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"Although the number of applications for VAWA status has increased, winning a VAWA self-petition is only the first step in achieving safety and independence. To gain lawful permanent residence, applicants must overcome additional legal barriers. The complicated phases of applying for immigration status coupled with the passage of VAWA 2000 have created new questions and the need for greater expertise."

Realities described include:

  • Lack of Knowledge and Misinformation about the Legal System
  • Fear of the Police and Judicial System
  • Fear of Deportation and Removal
  • Fear the Abuser Will be Removed
  • Language and Gender Barriers
  • Cultural and Religious Barriers
  • Economic Barriers


The Overview of the Immigration System and Laws includes detailed, easy-to-understand information about basic immigration rules, rights of immigrants, general concepts and terms, and the options & processes for gaining permanent residence.