Visa is for victims of crimes

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is a form of humanitarian relief created by the U.S. government to protect victims of certain serious crimes. In order to be eligible, an individual must have suffered mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime and be willing to assist law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity related to the crime. If approved, the applicant will be granted lawful status in the United States for up to four years with the possibility of applying for permanent residence. Additionally, the U visa recipient may be eligible for certain benefits, such as work authorization and access to public benefits.

The U nonimmigrant visa was created by Congress as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which was passed in 2000. The purpose of the U visa is to provide protection to foreign nationals who have been victims of certain crimes, including human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The visa allows the recipient to remain in the United States legally and to obtain employment authorization, allowing them to financially support themselves and their families. Additionally, the visa also provides access to certain benefits such as medical care, mental health services, and English language training. The U visa is an important tool for victims of these violent crimes to seek safety and justice in the United States.The legislation also helps law enforcement agencies to better serve victims of crimes.

To determine your eligibility for this program or alternatives (if you don’t) – feel free to request a consultation with one of our attorneys, so we can give you expert advice applicable to your very specific situation upon knowing all the details.

More Information:

  • Victims of Criminal Activity: U Nonimmigrant Status (USCIS)
  • Green Card for a Victim of a Crime (USCIS)