Am I Eligible for a U Visa?

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Am I Eligible for a U Visa?

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If you have been the victim of a crime in the U.S. and informed the police, you may be eligible for a U visa regardless of whether you currently have lawful status in the U.S. Many people without lawful status are rightfully cautious about speaking with police, even if that means not reporting crimes perpetrated against themselves. The U visa is aimed at incentivizing reporting such crimes by offering a pathway to permanent residence for those without lawful status. The visa category definitely has its downsides—including many-years-long wait times—but for some people it can be a silver lining following a traumatic experience.

U visas are only offered for certain types of criminal activities:

·       Abduction

·       Abusive Sexual Contact

·       Blackmail

·       Domestic Violence

·       Extortion

·       False Imprisonment

·       Female Genital Mutilation

·       Felonious Assault

·       Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting

·       Hostage

·       Incest

·       Involuntary Servitude

·       Kidnapping

·       Manslaughter

·       Murder

·       Obstruction of Justice

·       Peonage

·       Perjury


·       Prostitution

·       Rape

·       Sexual Assault

·       Sexual Exploitation

·       Slave Trade

·       Stalking

·       Torture

·       Trafficking

·       Witness Tampering

·       Unlawful Criminal Restraint


Eligibility also applies to attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above crimes. Furthermore, crimes that may have a different title in local law but are substantially similar to any of the above crimes may also be eligible.

If you think you may be eligible for a U visa, schedule a consultation with us today.


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