Apply for a Green Card Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Help for victims of domestic violence

Schedule an appointment with one of the organizations below to see if the person qualifies for a Green Card under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows both women and men who have been victims of physical or mental domestic abuse to apply for a Green Card without the help of their abuser. An individual may qualify if they have been the abused spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder, or the abused parent of an adult U.S. citizen.

Individuals with a conditional Green Card may also qualify to get a permanent Green Card without the help of their abusive spouse.

Who can help

The organizations below can help victims of domestic violence find out if they qualify for a permanent Green Card and help them apply.

  • Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

    Languages spoken:
    English Arabic Farsi

    Immigration legal services for low-income Arab and Muslim immigrants

    522 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Call 415-861-7444 www.araborganizing.org

    Hours
    Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

    Languages spoken:
    English Mandarin Cantonese Filipino Vietnamese Korean Japanese Spanish

    Immigration legal and social services for low-income Asian Pacific Islander, Latino and immigrant communities.

    1121 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    Call 415-567-6255 www.apilegaloutreach.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Bay Area Legal Aid, San Francisco County

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish Cantonese Mandarin Vietnamese Arabic Amharic Filipino Farsi Tigrinya French Korean Russian

    Immigration legal services for low-income communities

    1800 Market St, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Call 415-982-1300 baylegal.org/get-help/find-an-office/san-francisco-county

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish Portuguese Mandarin

    Immigration legal and social services for immigrant families. For DACA applications, email: dreamers@catholiccharitiessf.org.

    2873 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Call 650.295.2160 catholiccharitiessf.org

    Hours
    Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish

    Immigration legal and social services for Latino, immigrant and low-income families

    3101 Mission Street #101
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Call 415-642-4400 www.carecensf.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish Hindi

    Immigration legal services for Latino, immigrant and low-income families

    938 Valencia Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Call 415-282-6209 www.dscs.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Immigration Center for Women and Children

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish

    Immigration legal services for children and immigrants who are victims of domestic violence and other crimes

    3543 18th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Call 415-861-1449 www.icwclaw.org

  • Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish

    Immigration legal services, education and civic engagement opportunities for immigrants, refugees and their families

    58 2nd Street, 3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Call 415-538-8100 x206 www.iibayarea.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Jewish Family & Children's Services

    Languages spoken:
    English Russian

    Immigration legal and social services for children, families and older adults, including Russian speaking and Eastern European clients

    2150 Post St.
    San Francisco, CA 94122

    Call 415-449-2900 www.jfcs.org/find-help/emigres

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Jubilee Immigration Advocates

    Languages spoken:
    English Cantonese Mandarin Filipino Spanish French Vietnamese

    Immigration legal services for immigrants including Cantonese and Mandarin speakers

    433 California Street Suite 800
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Call (415) 813-1958 jubileelegal.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: Closed
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish

    Immigration legal services for Latino, immigrant and low-income families

    474 Valencia Street #295
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    Call 415-575-3500 lrcl.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Pangea Legal Services

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish French Portuguese German Farsi Krio

    Immigration legal services and advocacy for immigrants, especially in the area of deportation defense

    350 Sansome Street, Suite 650
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Call 415-254-0475 www.pangealegal.org

    Hours
    Monday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed
  • Tahrih Justice Center

    Languages spoken:
    English Spanish Hindi

    Immigration legal services for immigrant women and girls who are survivors of gender-based violence

    881 Sneath Lane, Suite 115
    San Bruno, CA 94066

    Call tel:650-270-2100 www.tahirih.org

    Hours
    Monday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Tuesday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Wednesday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Thursday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed

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Pangea Legal Services

Pangea Legal Services

Pangea Legal Services

Pangea Legal Services

Pangea Legal Services

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La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

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La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL)

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family & Children's Services

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC)