Deferred Action for VAWA Self-Petitioners [pdf]

This paper proposes factors USCIS should consider using as it updates its deferred action policies and/or VAWA self-petitioning regulations with regard to granting deferred action to VAWA self-petitioners and any children or parents included in the VAWA self-petition. Since immigrant children and parents included in their parent’s or child’s self-petitions are considered self-petitioners, derivative children and parents included in VAWA self-petitions should receive deferred action status at the same time deferred action is granted to the battered immigrant filing the VAWA self-petition. No additional filing should be required.