The U Visa protects people who were victims of a violent crime and who cooperated with the authorities after having suffered substantial physical or emotional harm. Examples of crimes that qualify for the U visa are: Domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, abduction, robbery with a firearm, etc.
HOW IS THE PROCESS?
First, you must obtain a police certification asserting that you have been the victim of a crime and you have cooperated with law enforcement. Then, you will need to apply for the U visa with the department of immigration. With the U visa application, you will be able to apply for a waiver of all the reasons why you could be deportable. The U visa application form is the I-918. When the visa is approved, you will receive an employment authorization valid for 4 years. After 3 years, you will have the opportunity to apply for residency through the adjustment of status process.
What are the requirements?
- You were the victim of a violent crime.
- You suffered severe physical or emotional harm as a result of being a victim of criminal activity.
- You have information about criminal activity. If you are under the age of 16 or unable to provide information due to a disability, a parent, guardian or close friend may process the information about the crime on your behalf.
- You have cooperated with the authorities and are willing to continue cooperating with the police authorities to pursue the criminal who attacked you.
- The crime occurred inside of the United States or violated the laws of the United States.
- You have not committed a crime that makes you deportable.
- You are admissible and if not, you can ask for a pardon or waiver.
How can we help?
If you are eligible, we will help you through the process. From the police certificate to the application for the visa, we will accompany you throughout the process and advise you on how to obtain the visa.
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