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Immigration Law - U Visas
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ASYLUM VAWA
B Visas Citizenship and Naturalization
H Visas Deportation and Removal
L Visas Family
R Visas Employment
U Visas Non-Immigrant Visas
 

U Visa
A U visa allows for victims of violent crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and other crimes, who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity, to gain permanent resident status or a green card in the United States. Derivative family members, spouse and children of U visa holder can also apply for a green card.

In addition to domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking, the other qualifying criminal activities include one or more the following:

• Hostage
• Abduction
• Abusive Sexual Contact
• Blackmail
• Extortion
• False Imprisonment
• Genital Female Mutilation
• Felonious Assault
• Incest
• Involuntary Servitude
• Kidnapping
• Manslaughter
• Murder
• Obstruction of Justice
• Peonage
• Perjury
• Prostitution
• Rape
• Sexual Exploitation
• Slave Trader
• Torture
• Witness Tampering
• Unlawful Criminal Restraint
• Other Related Crimes

U nonimmigrant status is granted to a period of four years. However, extensions are available upon certification by a certifying agency that the foreign national's presence in the United States is required to assist in the investigation or prosecution of the qualifying criminal activity.

Additionally, an individual grant U visa status may apply for permanent resident status if:

• They have been physically present in the United for a continuous period of at least three years since the
  date of admission as a U nonimmigrant;
• The individual must not have unreasonably refused to provide assistance to law enforcement since
  receiving a U nonimmigrant visa; and
• The certifying agency must determine that the individual's continued presence in the country is justified
  on humanitarian grounds to ensure continuation of a cohesive family, or is otherwise in the national or
  public interest.

 

 

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