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).

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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).