An individual who has filed a petition with USCIS for relief under VAWA and subsequently received a Prima Facie Determination, is then designated as a Qualified Alien.
A Qualified Alien is subject to the 5-Year Federal wait and all other factors of eligibility to meet the USCIS immigration requirements for federal Cash assistance.
Sponsor Liability does not apply to those approved under the provision of VAWA.
Spouses and children of US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, and parents of US Citizens who are 21 years of age or older, may file a self-petition for immigrant classification with USCIS. A noncitizen filing the self-petition is generally known as a VAWA Petitioner.
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