Applying for a U-Visa in the United States

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Applying for a U-Visa in the United States

Contact Sadek Law Offices today for information regarding acquiring a U Nonimmigrant Visa, or anything else that might concern you about your current immigration status.

What is a U Nonimmigrant Visa?

A U Nonimmigrant Visa, also known as a U-Visa, is a nonimmigrant visa that is available to victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and can demonstrate that they have assisted law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

The U-Visa is intended to encourage victims of crimes to come forward and cooperate with law enforcement, without fear of deportation.

Who is Eligible for a U Nonimmigrant Visa?

To be eligible for a U-Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of being a victim of a qualifying crime, such as aggravated assault, domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other violent crimes.
  • You must have information about the crime that occurred and be willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
  • The crime must have occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws.
Who is Eligible for a U Nonimmigrant Visa

How to Apply for a U Nonimmigrant Visa

#1

Submit Petition

ITo apply for a U-Visa, you must submit a Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In addition to the Petition, you must also submit evidence to support your eligibility for the U-Visa, including evidence of the crime, evidence of the abuse you suffered, and evidence of your cooperation with law enforcement such as a police report, criminal case docket, or affidavit by a law enforcement agency.

#2

Approval for Petition

If USCIS approves your petition, you will be granted U nonimmigrant status, which will allow you to live and work in the United States for up to four years.

After three years of continuous presence in the United States, you may be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence and obtain a permanent resident card (green card).

If you are granted a U-Visa, you may also be able to apply for derivative visas for certain family members, such as children and spouses.

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Working with an Experienced Immigration Lawyer

If you believe you are eligible for a U-Visa, it’s important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to help you navigate the application process and ensure that you have the best possible chance of success.

The immigration team at Sadek Law Offices is happy to provide a free case evaluation to determine what options are available to you. Schedule a consultation today!