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Information about the U-Visa

The U non-immigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.

Requirements for the U-Visa

The U-Visa is a non-immigrant visa available to individuals who are in the U.S. as undocumented aliens but meet the following requirements;

  • Has suffered severe physical or mental abuse because of being a victim of criminal activity.
  • Has been, is being, or is likely to be of help to a Federal, state, or local judge, prosecutor, law enforcement officer, or other justice system official involved in prosecuting the criminal activity that he or she has been, is being, or is likely to be of help to a Federal, state, or local investigation of criminal activity causing the abuse.

U-Visa applies to the following specified list of crimes:

  • Rape, Torture, Trafficking, Incest, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Abusive Sexual ContactProstitutionSexual Exportation, Female Genital Mutilation, Being Held Hostage, Peonage.
  • Involuntary Servitude, Slave TradeKidnapping, Abduction, Unlawful Criminal Restraint, False Imprisonment, Blackmail, Extortion, Manslaughter, MurderFelonies, Assault, Witness Tempering.
  • Obstruction of Justice, Perjury or attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the crimes mentioned.

The right of the U-Visa holder includes the following

  • The maximum length of the U-Visa is 4 years unless extended.
  • May apply for any other immigration benefit or status for which he or she is eligible.
  • May apply for lawful permanent resident status with 3 years of continuous residence.

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