News & Announcements

Weil Attorneys Help Cape Verde Woman Win Permanent Residence

Weil associates Olivia Greer and Claire Comfort and partner Liz Weiswasser assisted their client in successfully applying for legal status under the Violence Against Women Act and winning an employment visa and a green card.

In late 2012, Weil took up the case of a woman from Cape Verde who was referred to us through the Immigrant Women & Children Project at the City Bar Justice Center. Shortly after arriving in the United States, the client fell in love and was married.

Unfortunately, her marriage quickly turned abusive, and she fled her apartment and her husband. Weil helped her apply for legal status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA provides a path to legal residence for women who might have applied for it by virtue of their marriage to a U.S. citizen, if they hadn’t been forced to leave the relationship due to abuse.

In July 2013, our client passed her first hurdle and was granted a work permit. The security granted by the work permit gave her the confidence to negotiate better pay from her employer, and to pursue and earn certification as a home care aide. Nonetheless, without permanent residence, the client was still unable to leave the country to visit family in Cape Verde. The Weil team worked on her application for permanent status and, in September 2014, she received her green card, guaranteeing her right to travel and return to the United States.

Unfortunately, her marriage quickly turned abusive, and she fled her apartment and her husband. Weil helped her apply for legal status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA provides a path to legal residence for women who might have applied for it by virtue of their marriage to a U.S. citizen, if they hadn’t been forced to leave the relationship due to abuse.

In July 2013, our client passed her first hurdle and was granted a work permit. The security granted by the work permit gave her the confidence to negotiate better pay from her employer, and to pursue and earn certification as a home care aide. Nonetheless, without permanent residence, the client was still unable to leave the country to visit family in Cape Verde. The Weil team worked on her application for permanent status and, in September 2014, she received her green card, guaranteeing her right to travel and return to the United States.

Legalese