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Special Immigration Programs Questions And Answers Index

By Carlos A. Batara

Here’s a listing of questions previously asked and answered. Simply click the blue link and you’ll be taken to our answer.

Violence Against Women Act

My Abusive Husband Never Filed Papers For Me. Can I Still Get A Green Card?

“I was sent to a woman’s shelter because my husband beat me up. I do not have legal immigration documents. A counselor told me I might still get a green card, even if my husband never filed papers for me. She said there is a special program for wives who are abused by their husbands. Is this really true?”

Can I Naturalize If I Earned A Green Card Under The VAWA Program 3 1/2 Years Ago?

“About 3 ½ years ago, I filed for protection under the Violence Against Women Act and was given permanent residency. My husband was born in Escondido. I would like to become a U.S. citizen. I told a friend and she said I could file right now. Another friend, who is a naturalized citizen, said my first friend was wrong. She told me I have to wait until five years after I received my green card. Which friend is telling me the truth?”

Cuban Adjustment Act

My Husband Was Born In Cuba. I Am From A Different Country. Can I Win Permanent Residency Under The Cuban Adjustment Act?

“I was picked up in the hills when I tried to enter the U.S. My husband got his papers through a program for Cubans. I’m from the Dominican Republic. He was able to get me out of immigration jail because we have a three-year old daughter. I have a court hearing coming up. My husband wants to help me file papers, but he is not yet a U.S citizen. A friend told him to immigrate me under the Cuban program. We don’t know what to do.”

Temporary Protected Status

TPS For My Husband Was Terminated. Can He Still Become A Permanent Resident Inside The United States?

“Saul and I married last month. I filed a petition for his green card two weeks ago. He was born in Nicaragua. A friend told us that Saul could get a green card because of a new TPS law. He started receiving TPS in 1999. Two days ago he got a letter from the government denying his re-registration and withdrawing his TPS because he had two misdemeanor convictions. They happened in 2007 and 2008. How can he fight the denial? Is this going to cause problems for his permanent residence case?”


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