Victims of certain crimes may be eligible for protection in the United States by obtaining a U nonimmigrant visa. This type of visa is intended to protect victims of violent crime and abuse, and help them feel safer reporting a crime they were involved in. However, there are certain qualifications you must fulfill to receive a U-visa.
If you are thinking of applying for a U-visa, a qualified immigration attorney can help you determine if you are eligible and, if so, assist you in applying. Contact Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C. for information specific to your situation.
A U-Visa is a type of humanitarian nonimmigrant status. U-visas are granted for certain crime victims who experienced physical or mental abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation of criminal activity. The U nonimmigrant visa was created by Congress alongside the passing of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. The legislation intends to improve criminal investigations and the prosecution of domestic violence, trafficking and sexual assault, as well as protect noncitizen victims of crime.
An individual may be qualified for a U-visa if they fulfill the following provisions:
There are many qualifying criminal activities, including extortion, abduction, murder, sexual assault, domestic violence, torture, trafficking and more.
If you are planning to petition for a U nonimmigrant status, you must submit several key documents. An Indianapolis immigration attorney can help you prepare your application:
• Form I-918, the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status and Supplement B
• Form I-192, if inadmissibility issues exist
• A statement describing the criminal incident of which you were a victim
• Evidence to demonstrate your eligibility, including the Humanitarian Benefits Based Forms
If you currently reside outside of the U.S., you may still petition for a U-visa as long as you file all of the necessary forms with the Vermont Service Center. Follow all directions, which may include providing fingerprints at a U.S. Embassy. If approved, you will need to complete the consular process and interview to enter the U.S.
After receiving a U-visa, you may be qualified for an adjustment of status to permanent residency through a Green Card. To be eligible, you must have lived in the U.S. for at least three continuous years while in U nonimmigrant status. In some cases, you may also have to continue cooperating with law enforcement after receiving your visa, although this is not common.
If you are interested in obtaining permanent U.S. residency, or if you’d like to review your U-visa application, call our immigration attorneys at Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C. to schedule a consultation.
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