Learning from the Recent Interpretation of INA Section 245(a): Factors to Consider When Interpreting Immigration Law

In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 1994). VAWA 1994 established the self-petitioning process, which permits undocumented battered victims to adjust their immigration status to Legal Permanent Residents (“LPRs”) in the United States without the aid or knowledge of the abusive spouse. In VAWA 2000, Congress added certain abused immigrants to those […]