This Policy Memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) officers regarding amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) that
extend the ability to self-petition to battered or abused parents of U.S. citizens. Additionally, this
memorandum will provide guidance regarding work authorization for approved VAWA selfpetitioners.
Unless specifically exempted herein, this PM applies to and is binding on all USCIS employees.
Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (VAWA
2005), Pub. L. 109-162 (2006).