The U.S. immigration system allows victims of crimes, mental or physical abuse, natural disasters, or other types of dangerous situations, apply for humanitarian relief. These benefits allow the applicants and their family members to stay in the United States temporarily or permanently, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Some of the Humanitarian benefits available are the following:
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Form I-360, self-petitions for permanent residency (green card) for victims of physical or mental abuse. NOT ONLY FOR WOMEN.
- U Visa, Form I-918, lawful status for victims of violent crimes
- Affirmative or Defensive Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection under the UN Convention Against Torture
- Temporary Protective Status (TPS)
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Form I-360, permanent residency for certain minors who have been abandoned, neglected or abused
- Humanitarian Reinstatement of Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative based on the petitioning relative’s death
- Humanitarian Deferred Action, discretionary relief for individuals with family members with severe illnesses
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please note that as of September 5, 2017, the DACA program has been rescinded, with only a few options available