VAWA Guide: Everything You Need to Know About VAWA

VAWA

 

The Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, is a special law which allows the spouse and/or child of an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to apply for a green card by self-petition. Through VAWA, someone can apply for their green card without the help of their abusive spouse.

 

In this guide, I will explain what you need to know about VAWA.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I’d be happy to help you.

 

Important Point: Even though VAWA stands for the Violence Against Women Act, you do not have to be a woman to qualify for VAWA. Men and women are both eligible to apply for VAWA if they satisfy the VAWA requirements.

 

 

Overview:

 

1. What is VAWA?

2. Benefits of VAWA

3. Who is Eligible to Apply for VAWA?

4. VAWA Requirements

5. VAWA Process

6. Required Documents for VAWA

7. VAWA Fees

8. VAWA Processing Time

9. Conclusion

 

 

1. What is VAWA?

 

VAWA stands for the Violence Against Women Act. Even though it is called the Violence Against Women Act, you do not need to be a women to qualify. Both men and women may be eligible under VAWA.

 

The Violence Against Women Act is a law which gives certain people the right to self-petition for a green card if certain conditions are met. As a general overview, to qualify, you must be the abused spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. We will discuss this in more detail below.

 

If you satisfy the VAWA requirements, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence (a green card) without the help of your abusive spouse. You do not need to rely on your abusive spouse to file an immigrant petition on your behalf. Instead, you may be eligible to self-petition for your green card. This means that you can apply on your own.

 

 

2. Benefits of VAWA

 

Ability to Self-Petition

 

Normally, if you are applying for a green card based on marriage to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, your spouse (the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident) must act as the petitioner for your immigrant petition. This means that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident must agree to file your immigration paperwork. They must sign the immigrant petition and act as the “petitioner” for your case.

 

The problem with this system is that if the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse is abusive, they could use U.S. immigration as a way to control the abused spouse. For example, they could threaten to withdraw an immigrant petition if the victim reported the abuse to authorities. Congress understood this risk and enacted VAWA to help prevent this scenario.

 

The main benefit of VAWA is that it allows the abused spouse or child to self-petition for their green card. This means that they can file the petition on their own behalf. They do not have to rely on their abusive spouse to file their immigrant petition.

 

Immigration Benefits for Children

 

Another benefit of VAWA is that it allows you to include your children as derivative beneficiaries of your VAWA petition. What this means is that, if you are eligible to apply for your green card through VAWA, you may also be eligible to apply for green cards for your children. Your children to not need to be related to the abuser to qualify. In addition, your children do not need to be related to the abuser to qualify.

 

In order for your child to qualify as your derivative beneficiary, they must be unmarried and under 21 years old at the time the VAWA petition is filed.

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3. Who is Eligible to Apply for VAWA?

 

There are 5 categories of people who may apply for VAWA:

 

  • Abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Spouse of U.S. citizen of lawful permanent resident whose child has been abused by the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse
  • Abused child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Abused parent of a U.S. citizen who qualifies as an “immediate relative”

 

4. VAWA Requirements

 

There are several requirements to qualify for VAWA. In this section, we will explore the VAWA requirements in some detail.

 

Marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

 

To qualify for VAWA as the abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you must show that you entered into a good-faith marriage with the U.S. citizen or permanent resident. What this means is that, at the time of the marriage, you must have intended to establish a life together. If the marriage was entered into just for immigration benefits, then it is not a good-faith marriage.

 

Important Points

 

  • Intended Marriages: Intended marriages can still satisfy the marriage requirement. An intended marriage for purposes of VAWA is when the abused spouse and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident get married in good faith, but the marriage is not legitimate because the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is still marriage to someone else.

 

  • Termination of Marriage: In certain cases, you can apply for VAWA even if you are no longer married to the abusive spouse. In order to qualify, you must have been in a bona-fide marriage with the abusive spouse. In addition, the marriage must have terminated within the last 2 years. Also, the termination of the marriage must be connected to the battery or extreme cruelty of the abusive spouse.

 

 

Parent-Child Relationship

 

To qualify for VAWA as the abused child of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you must show that you have a parent-child relationship with the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

 

Parent of Abusive U.S. Citizen

 

To qualify for VAWA as the abused parent of a U.S. citizen, you must show that you are the parent of the abusive U.S. citizen. You must also show that you are eligible to be classified as the immediate relative of the abusive U.S. citizen. This means that the abusive U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years old.

 

Residence Requirement

 

There are 2 prongs to the residence requirement:

 

  1. To qualify for VAWA, you must reside in the United States at the time the VAWA petition is filed. If you do not reside in the U.S. at the time the VAWA petition is filed, you must be able to show that the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is an employee of the U.S. government or a member of the uniformed services or that the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident subjected you or your child to extreme cruelty or battery in the United States.

 

  1. To qualify for VAWA, you must have resided with the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident at some point. You do not need to currently reside with the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Also, your residence with the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident does not need to have been in the United States.

 

Citizenship Status of the Abuser

 

To qualify for VAWA, the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident must either be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. If the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is no longer a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you may potentially still qualify for VAWA if you file the VAWA petition within 2 years of the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident loss of status if their loss of status was related to an instance of domestic violence.

 

Must Have Suffered Abuse

 

In order to qualify for VAWA you must have suffered abuse at the hands of the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent. In cases where the VAWA petitioner is a parent of an abusive U.S. citizen child, you must show that you suffered abuse at the hands of the U.S. citizen child.

 

To demonstrate that you have been abused, you must show that you have been battered or that you were the subject of extreme cruelty.

 

Abuse is also defined by the regulations to be any act or threatened act of violence and also includes psychological abuse, rape, incest, and forced prostitution.

 

 Good Moral Character

 

To qualify for VAWA, you must be able to demonstrate that you are and were a person of good moral character for a 3-year period preceding the filing of the VAWA petition.

 

We typically provide police clearances, tax returns, and/or declarations from people who know you, to demonstrate that you satisfy the good moral character requirement.

 

5. VAWA Process

 

Here is a step-by-step overview of the VAWA process:

 

Consult with Immigration Lawyer

 

The first step in the process is to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer. Your immigration lawyer will help you understand whether you may have a case under VAWA. Your immigration lawyer will also be able to help you determine whether VAWA is the best option for you. After discussing with an immigration lawyer, you may determine that there is a better option for you based on your particular circumstances. Also, many immigration lawyers offer a free initial consultation!

 

Form I-360

 

After you’ve consulted with an immigration lawyer, the next step in the VAWA process is that you must file a Form I-360 with USCIS. The Form I-360 is the Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.

 

The Form I-360 is the application that is filed with USCIS to apply for VAWA.

 

Along with the Form I-360, you must submit all the documents that support your case. We will discuss more about these documents below.

 

Adjustment of Status

 

In many cases, you may be eligible to file an adjustment of status (Form I-485) along with your Form I-360. The Form I-485 is the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This is the application used to “adjust status” to go from whatever status you currently hold, to lawful permanent resident status. To discuss the specifics of your case and to determine whether you are eligible to file your adjustment of status, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com.

 

 

6. Required Documents for VAWA

 

There are many documents that should go into your VAWA application package. The documents should be used to prove that each of the VAWA requirements are satisfied. When it comes to the documents you should include in a VAWA application, it is important to know that some documents are much more credible than other types of documents. Generally speaking, primary evidence is much more valuable than secondary evidence.

 

  • Primary evidence: policed reports, hospital records, court records, etc.
  • Secondary evidence: signed statements from witnesses, an affidavit, etc.

 

The documents that should be included in your VAWA application will depend on the specific details of your case. With that disclaimer, here is a general list of some of documents that you may end up including in your petition:

 

  • Cover Letter: the cover letter will explain the entire application, the basis for applying for VAWA, the documents that are included in the application, etc. The cover letter is usually prepared by your attorney if you are working with an attorney.

 

  • Form I-360: As mentioned earlier in this guide, the Form I-360 is the form used to apply for VAWA.

 

  • Applicant’s Declaration: Your declaration is one of the most important pieces of evidence in your VAWA application. This declaration should explain in detail how each of the elements of a VAWA claim are satisfied. You should work with an experienced immigration lawyer to make sure that your declaration covers all the points that should be covered.

 

  • Marriage Certificate: This will be used to prove that you were married to the abusive spouse.

 

  • Birth Certificate: This may be used to prove that you are the child or parent of the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

  • Lease Agreement or Deed to Property: This may potentially be used to demonstrate that you resided with the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. This can also be used to show that you were in a real good-faith marriage with your abusive spouse (if applicable).

 

  • Copy of Birth Certificate, Passport, or Green Card of Abusive U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident: This will be used to prove that the abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is, in fact, a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

  • I-94 Arrival and Departure Record: This may help to establish your physical presence in the U.S. at the time of the abuse and may also help to establish your current physical presence in the U.S.

 

  • Medical Records: This may be helpful to show abusive conduct by abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

  • Police Reports: This may be helpful to show abusive conduct by abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

  • Photographs of Injuries: This may be helpful to show abusive conduct by abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

  • Reports from Psychologists: This may be helpful to show abusive conduct by abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

 

  • Signed Statements from Friends and Family: These may be helpful in multiple mays. The signed statements can help to show that you have good moral character, that there was a real good-faith marriage (if applicable), and that the abuse actually took place.

 

  • Joint Tax Returns: These can help to show that you were in a real good-faith marriage with your abusive spouse (if applicable).

 

  • Joint Bank Statements: These can help to show that you were in a real good-faith marriage with your abusive spouse (if applicable).

 

  • Pictures of You and Your Spouse: Pictures of you and your abusive spouse together, traveling together, at your wedding ceremony, etc. can be helpful to establish that there was a valid good-faith marriage (if applicable).

 

  • Utility Bills Addressed to You and Your Spouse: May be helpful to show a real good-faith marriage (if applicable).

 

  • Police Clearance Letters: These are required to show good moral character. If you are 14 years of age or older, you must include police clearance letters from every jurisdiction you resided in for at least 6 months (for the 3-year period prior to filing your VAWA application).

 

7. VAWA Fees

 

Here is a breakdown of the VAWA fees:

 

Form I-360 Filing Fee

At the time that this guide is being published, VAWA applicants are exempt from paying the I-360 filing fee. This means that VAWA applicants do not have to pay a filing fee for the I-360. Please make sure to check the correct filing fee prior to filing your application. You may check the USCIS website here for more information.

 

Form I-485 Fee

At the time that this guide is being published, for applicants from age 14-79, the Form I-485 (adjustment of status) filing fee is $1,225 (which includes the biometrics fee of $85). Applicants in different age groups are subject to different fees. Please make sure to check the appropriate fee prior to filing your application. You may check the USCIS website here for more information.

 

Immigration Lawyer Legal Fee


If you choose to work with an immigration lawyer, they will likely charge a legal fee for their services. The fee that your immigration lawyer will charge will depend on many factors such as their level of experience, billing practices, etc.

 

8. VAWA Processing Time

 

VAWA cases are processed at the Vermont Service Center. The current processing time, at the time this article is being published, is 18 to 23.5 months. To check current processing times, you may wish to check the USCIS website.

 

9. Conclusion

 

You should now have a much better understanding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). To quickly recap, VAWA is a special law which allows the spouse and/or child of an abusive U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to apply for a green card by self-petition. Through VAWA, someone can apply for their green card without the help of their abusive spouse, parent, or child.

 

If you have any questions about VAWA, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I would be happy to help you.

 

 

Resources:

 

 

  • Chapter 9, Self-Petitions for Abused Spouses, Children, and Parents, Immigration Law and the Family, A Practical Guide to Family-Sponsored Immigration 4th Edition, Edited by Charles Wheeler

 

 

 

 

 

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I discovered Ashoori Law after doing research on U.S. visa and immigration programs for Canadians. I came across Michael Ashoori’s YouTube channel, which, in retrospect, has the best explainer videos for U.S. immigration on the internet. After... watching his videos for a few weeks, I set up a consultation with Ashoori Law and was immediately connected with attorneys Ehsan Mehri and Lorianne Cercenia.I came into this fairly knowledgeable about the U.S. immigration system and what program I wanted to pursue. After reviewing my situation during the initial consultation phase, Ehsan explained what programs I’m eligible for as a Canadian. Lorianne was assigned my case and got to know my unique situation. She then recommended a visa option I had no clue existed – and it saved me a lot of time, money and headaches.Over the next few months, Lorianne collected my documents, prepared my application and helped me build a strong case for my visa. She was always extremely responsive and knowledgeable about the immigration system. When I attended my interview at the U.S. consulate, my application was quickly approved. That’s because I was prepared for everything, and my supporting documentation was iron-clad.I can’t speak highly enough about Ashoori Law. They took the time to get to know me and gave me a solution that matches my current set of circumstances. Their customer service is unmatched, and their knowledge of the immigration system is top-notch. I was reassured from the very beginning that my application was in good hands.Overall, I’m extremely satisfied with the whole process. I got exactly what I wanted. I’ll be working with Ashoori Law for all my immigration needs moving forward. Thank you, Lorianne and team!read more
Oubai Al Hendi
18:34 20 Nov 22
Ashoori Law had helped me with my O1 application. I cannot thank Michael, Jonathan and Ehsan enough for their real and genuine advisory and assistance all the way from the first contact till approval. The approval that I could have in a record time... of 2 days after submission due to my profile and their work to show it in the right way to the officer. I highly recommend them for O1 tech startups applicants.read more
leena Alhelo
01:51 15 Nov 22
Great to work with! They explain everything in detail and made the process very easy and fast. highly recommended
Kay Qiao
20:27 08 Nov 22
Very efficient, very professional, very responsive. Can't be more appreciated with their dedicated team work. Thank you so much!!
Shane Teelucksingh
19:26 07 Nov 22
Researched quite a bit before eventually selecting Ashoori Law as my attorney partners and I'm happy that I did . They are responsive, helpful and guide you through the entire process. I had many questions, and they had the answers and all... challenges were quickly addressed. Lahaina led my particular journey and provided quick feedback all along the way. They have a competent team and their portal makes submitting documentation really simple while allowing you to review where you are in the process, which I personally found extremely useful. A very good blend of technology and proficiency. Would definitely recommend.read more
Shamzil Ramiz
07:57 07 Nov 22
Excellent response..
Sanket Shah
00:29 04 Nov 22
Ashoori law is a Fantastic law firm, They are very Professional and Knowledgeable specially Attorney : Lahaina Araneta. As soon as I signed on they got to work right away to start gethering all Details. Anytime I had questions Lahaina Araneta is... ready to give me quick Answer. I felt our case was in good hands. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and they work hard to keep up to date with all the latest changes in immigration law.Definitely we will use them Service again in Future.Highly recommend.read more
Krishna Mukkera
23:30 31 Oct 22
Provided excellent support/guidance on the I-90 renewal application. Strongly recommend them.
Fari Hamid
10:03 29 Oct 22
My family and I hired Ashore Law to consult with, and to handle our immigration case whilst our migration from Pakistan to the USA. Ashore Law proved to be completely professional, functional and delivered services without any problems or... complications arising throughout our process. Their staff is indeed highly trained, extremely courteous and thoroughly professional. Ashore Law represented our case, on our behalf, and they delivered what they promised. Our applications for US immigration (E2) made through Ashore Law were handled very well throughout the process, and my family and I faced no difficulties whatsoever. I would definitely highly recommend Ashore Law for E2 consultancy services any day!read more
Copier clearance center
22:04 28 Oct 22
Michael Ashoori from the Ashoori Law firm has changed our family's life! We were here in the USA on a E2 non immigration Visa and thought we would be stuck with the E2 visa with no chance of immigration! When we contacted Michael and told him our... situation, he listened and started a game plan for us right away with an EB5 immigration Visa, Today we checked USCIS website for case update and we were thrilled when we saw our case approval notice. WOW LIFE CHANGING!!! We definitely recommend Ashoori Law firm for all your immigration services.read more
Kalubi Fwanyanga
19:44 28 Oct 22
I retained Michael and team to help ease the process of filing and also just guide us so we do don’t experience any hurdles and sure enough, when submitting the paperwork, me and hubby forgot to append our signatures on one of the forms and Michael... and team immediately noticed before the forms were sent, the process went as smooth as it can be and guess what, after 3 months submitting the documents to uscis, I received my work permit and SSC and after 10 months into the processing period, we received my parole approve notice and a date for our interview appointment! To add a cherry to the cake, the team has availed itself for any questions and guidance to thoroughly prepare us for the interview! What higher manner of professionalism can be exhibited above this! The team is fully engaged and we are grateful.read more
Aidana Ibraeva
17:07 27 Oct 22
I don’t often write reviews, but in this case I just don’t want to miss the opportunity to write about these people who are really professionals and know their business very well.If you’re still doubting whether or not you should choose them, I... can assure you that you won’t be left disappointed.read more
SangJo Kang
22:57 26 Oct 22
Me and my wife applied for green card through Ashoori Law last December and our case were approved this October. I was in J-1 visa and applied NIW case. They really helped us out from the beginning, especially helping me writing the recommendation... letters. It seemed like their law firm had a lot of people who were very experienced and they answered all the questions that I had. They even had a backup strategy for me if my case was not approved after my visa was expired. I really appreciate all their hard work and kindness and I highly recommend others if they are seeking immigration to the US. I would definitely contact them when I need help for my immigration status.read more
alinafe joshua
18:38 26 Oct 22
Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did on my behalf. You and your team are so understanding, helpful and fast in doing things I recommend anyone who needs help to not hesitate but to contact you ASAP.
arshad mohammed
07:50 25 Oct 22
I am very happy and pleased to be writing this review. I came to know about Ashoori Law Firm through you tube videos and decided they are the best firm for my L1A petition, they proved my belief to be 100 percent right and got approval for my case... within five months on the first go. I thank the wonderful team who were very helpful and courteous during the entire process and helped me and answered all my queries promptly. I will be suggesting the firm to many of my friends who are willing to immigrate to The United states.read more
K and G Murphy
23:20 21 Oct 22
They were very patient in waiting for us to get everything we needed and made the process fast and easy. We didn’t even have to do an interview. My wife has a 10 year residency card and right to work. Thank you
Mike Latreille
19:49 20 Oct 22
Ashoori Law was the best choice I could have made for my immigrating from Canada to the US .. their legal team has been easy to work with …super efficient and very professional and always there when I needed guidance or direction..I am greatful for... there team and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an immigration firm to represent them on their journey . A very special thanks to Michael Ashoori, Mathew Larsen and Jeser Romero.. for there attention to detail and impeccable professionalism .. Thanks again Michaelread more
Abdul Salman
17:59 19 Oct 22
Received EAD today. Ashoori have professional attorneys, they are very helpful and filing fees are affordable . Definitely recommend my family and friends. Hopefully I receive my Green card soon.
Sean Machii
05:23 19 Oct 22
Thank you for helping me to get the E2 visa. Ashoori Law team is professional and explain everything I need to know in detail. Highly recommend this law firm for E2 visa.
Eric Askerov
17:18 14 Oct 22
Ashoori Law is a law firm you can trust and be sure they won’t leave you alone with your problems. I’ve been working with a few other lawyers before, but they all are working with you only because of money and don’t really care about you and your... situation.I contacted Ashoori Law’s team with an urgent situation and they were able to take my case, get everything done super smooth and fast. Ashoori Law’s team is reliable, professional and easy to work with. They take care of everything, all you need to do is cooperate and provide necessary papers on time.I highly recommend the firm and specially Shruti, who was working on my case. Only 5 star!read more
Genx Solutions LLC
21:55 13 Oct 22
They handled my E2 process professionally. Collecting all the necessary documents were done systemically. I'm fully satisfied with the service. Michael review the file personally and answer any questions come up. Would recommend Ashoori Law office... with no doubt.read more
Frida Davidsson Art
19:39 13 Oct 22
I’m very happy I choose Ashoori law! They have been so helpful and very quick with responding! Whenever I have questions they really take their time to explain, and my case has been processed quicker expected! Everything has been going very smooth... without any issues. I strongly suggest Ashoori Law!read more
Hiitokiri
00:13 12 Oct 22
Milena she will take care of you in your case of the Mater. Experience and excellent service she explained everything in to easy detail...I give her 💯 top notch service if you have any questions she respond back fast efficient...quick and... easy process....and make it easy for you to process your paper work....thank you so much Milena OUSTANDING Work!!! Thanks Ashoori Lawread more
Guru
19:36 11 Oct 22
Excellent service extended by Lorianne & team @ Ashoori Law. Kudos.
Brian Tetreault
02:37 06 Oct 22
Fantastic experience with Ashoori Law. Michael and his team were methodical in their handling of our E2 case. Communication with the firm was excellent and all queries were responded to in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law.
Karen Brizuela
01:04 06 Oct 22
Michael and team thankyou very much!! Right and professional answers. you guys did the the job as we agree.. and we did get our E2 visa status.Abe Brizuela.
Winston Stewart
13:50 27 Sep 22
ashoori law took my case in April 2021. They made sure that everything was done correctly before fileing. upon receipt of the case we awaited uscis decision. our petition was approved august 2022. during this time period ashoori law was always... available for my concerns or questions. therefore without reservation I recommend ashoori law to anyone seeking professional legal services in the immigration field.read more
Allen Gibbons
20:02 24 Sep 22
They were informative and very professional. Got the case done smoothly and on time. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm.
Christian Rodriguez
18:23 23 Sep 22
I am incredibly thankful for this law firm. Ever since day 1 they have made things clear and have answered every question that has come to mind along the way. Their way of making sure that all information is correct and up to standards is a main... reason why I am happy with the service. For anyone having doubts...DONT! You will not be disappointed!read more
Shyam Chandrasekharan
17:05 22 Sep 22
Team Ashoori did a great Job on my Visa Approval.
ashkan yousefi
21:19 20 Sep 22
Ashoori law supported my case for the re-entry permit and they have a very supportive staff. Everything moves very organized.
Callen Schaub
18:20 09 Sep 22
The Ashoori Law team helped secure my USA O-1 Visa (Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement). Looking forward to making the world even more colorful! Thank you Ashoori Law.All the colors,Callen Schaub
Kubra Cingirlar
17:57 06 Sep 22
Because of the location, I couldn’t hire them but they were so fast to response
Malla R
23:31 01 Sep 22
Ehsan Mari is very patient and respectful while working with him . I highly recommend him for Immigration related services
Kanwarbir Singh Minhas
22:32 29 Aug 22
Highly recommend law firm.Thanks to Ashoori Law firm.I have used their service for my E2 visa as well as E2 change of status as i needed both of them.I just got my E2 change of status approved.Great service by the Michael Ashoori and his team.... Very professional ,easy going and helpful. If you are looking for one, this is the place. I will be using their service for my E2 visa also and later on with future applications also.read more
marjan f
23:20 25 Aug 22
I had some immigration questions regarding my application, so I booked a free consultation time with their office. I received a call an hour later from Mr. Ehsan, a consultant of the office. He helped me with all my questions patiently and I have to... say that he was so professional and knowledgeable.I want to thank him for the time and consideration.read more
Sari Sari
22:04 25 Aug 22
Very informative videos and blog post! Very Easy to understand! Great customer service! Kudos!!
Rovie Sayson
21:21 25 Aug 22
Michael provided excellent service. Highly recommended!!!
Alan Kryemadhi
05:54 23 Aug 22
I called ashoori law firm after I watched their very helpfull videos on YouTube for an e2 visa application (most informative e2 videos on YouTube in my opinion).Hands down they are the BEST emigration attorneys! Although applying for the e2 visa... was completed, the whole process went very smooth. I was impressed by their quick responses! They are very responsive and informative. Cannot recommend them enough! Thank so much guys!read more
Bob Edge
15:05 20 Aug 22
They helped me applied for my mom's green card and provided guidance and assistance through the whole process and more!
Adam Weston
18:25 19 Aug 22
Although I am halfway through the immigration process with my wife, it has been an excellent experience so far. Ashoori Law is very responsive and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. They made everything very easy which is key. Highly... recommend.read more
Chel Onates
17:42 18 Aug 22
I would like to Thank Ashoori Law team specially to Jeser I really appreciated the updates and follow ups. I highly recommend this firm.
Martha Castrejon
17:52 17 Aug 22
I just got my E2 visa renewal,thank you for the great team of the best immigration Michael Ashoori law company,thanks Lahaina,james,Michael for your help,and would like to give you more than 5 stars,sure will continue to work with you.
Mahesh Lal Rawat
14:56 14 Aug 22
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Sweta Bharodia
18:23 12 Aug 22
Michael Ashoori and his team were very helpful and guided us through each and everything in getting our E2 visa. I highly recommend Ashoori Law firm.Initially when were looking for E2 visa lawyer, we had been in contact with many lawyers, but we... are fortunate we made a correct decision by making Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer. For any visa application documentation is very important. Ashoori Law team gave us a very clear and easy to understand step by step application process, which made it very easy for me to collect the relevant documents and submit. Starting from setting up a new company for the business till getting visa, Ashoori law firm has been always there, they have always answered to all our questions to the best of their abilities. We are very satisfied by choosing Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer.They are very approachable and will answer all your questions quickly. Special thanks to Lahaina, Chris, Elaine and all the team members with whom we interacted during the visa application process.Sincerely,Sweta Bharodia.read more
Michael - David
12:45 11 Aug 22
It is my pleasure to testify to my extremely positive experience working with the Ashoori Law Team in regards to the recent renewal of my O-1 Visa. This Visa renewal was complex as it involved factors such as a patent I hold, the relationship with... the company that I am working with, as well as an arts and entertainment component. The members of the team were professional and attentive and were able to secure the renewal within a surprisingly short amount of time. I would highly recommend their services for anyone who is seeking the right immigration solution particularly where the petition has a business component.Sincerely,Michael-Davidread more
Jessie Vasquez Hurst
17:47 10 Aug 22
Ashoori Law made sponsoring an employee's visa very easy and free of stress. They explained everything in detail and were very prompt with their responses and action items. It was a very fast and smooth process that was not outrageously expensive. I... would definitely recommend them and use them again.read more
mubashir ahmed
01:56 10 Aug 22
Thank you so much Michael Ashoori for all your help regarding my wife's work Authorization as an E2- dependent. We truly appreciate your honesty and making this whole process very easy and straight forward for us from the time of the application... till getting the EAD card. Your whole team was exceptional in providing the great advice. Thank you for responding to our emails and phone calls promptly. Our special thanks to James and Lahaina, both were very active and efficient. This was our first experience with any immigration lawyer, and it was very pleasant.We highly recommend Michael Ashoori Law office for any immigration services.read more
Ritesh Chutani
19:11 09 Aug 22
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last few months since the... application process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Junko Iizuka
22:43 28 Jul 22
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ashoori Law team, especially Kelly Raposa. Much of my time & energy was needed to go to the hospital daily to take care of my very sick mom. Thanks to Kelly’s genuine kindness... & willingness to answer even the smallest of questions, I was able to focus more of my time & energy on my mom, & was able to be by her side during her last final week. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone - from the moment I started working with them, it was evident that they deeply care about all their clients.read more
Travis Steinke
20:23 27 Jul 22
The team at Ashoori law were helpful throughout the entire visa experience. Would, and have, recommend to anyone looking into the E2 visa route. Thank you!
Pradeep Sharma
14:35 27 Jul 22
Great attorney and very impressed with the professionalism. Highly recommend this place for E2 visa needs.
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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