U Visa

What are the Benefits of Obtaining a U Visa?

The U Visa offers a pathway for non-citizen crime victims who fulfill specific criteria to remain in the United States. By securing a U Visa, eligible individuals can access several benefits, including:

  • ‍Legal residency in the U.S. for up to 4 years
  • The ability to apply for a Green Card after three years, which can lead to permanent U.S. residency and, eventually, citizenship
  • Authorization to work in the country
  • Suspension of any ongoing deportation proceedings
  • Potential eligibility for certain family members to obtain a U Visa as well
  • In some states, public assistance and benefits are available for U Visa holders

What are the Requirements for a U Visa?

‍The U visa allows an undocumented individual to remain in the U.S. if they have been a victim of a crime. However, several requirements must be met, such as:

  • ‍Being a victim of a qualifying crime (explained further below)
  • The crime occurring within the U.S. or violating U.S. law
  • Experiencing substantial harm due to the crime
  • Possessing information about the crime
  • Demonstrating cooperation with authorities throughout the investigation
  • Being admissible to the U.S., or if deemed inadmissible, applying for a waiver

What are the Qualifying Crimes for a U Visa?‍

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may be eligible to apply for a U visa if you have experienced certain crimes, such as:‍

Abusive sexual contact
Being held hostage
Domestic violence
False imprisonment
Felonious assault
Female genital mutilation
Fraud in foreign labor contracting
Involuntary servitude
Obstruction of justice
Sexual assault
Sexual exploitation
Slave trade
Witness tampering
Unlawful criminal

Please note that this is not a complete list of all crimes that qualify for a U visa. Other similar activities or attempts, conspiracies, or solicitations to commit these crimes might also be considered qualifying criminal activities.

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To be eligible for a U visa, you must not only be a victim of a crime but also have experienced physical and/or mental harm. Additionally, you must cooperate with law enforcement in various ways, such as calling 911 or providing information about the incident and the perpetrator to the US police department.

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