The U nonimmigrant status (U-Visa) is 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. This was implemented as a tool to aid law enforcement in identifying perpetrators and aiding victims. The main objective of the visa is to encourage undocumented victims of crimes to assist law enforcement in their investigation and prosecution of crimes without fear of deportation. The U-Visa grants a temporary 4 year stay for holders with some holders eventually qualifying for lawful permanent residency, and then Citizenship.
To apply (petition) for a U nonimmigrant status, submit:
All U nonimmigrant status applications are free but may be subject to a $160 filing fee. Again, you may request a fee waiver for any other form that is necessary for your U nonimmigrant status application (petition) by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by including your own written request for a fee waiver with your application or petition.
No, you do not need to be able to speak English, but having a translator who is proficient in English as well as your language would be of great help for communication in regards to your petition and the court in this process.
The U-Visa grants recipient’s lawful temporary status in the United States for 4 years and work authorization. A U-Visa may be extended if certified by law enforcement if it is required for the U-Visa holder’s continued assistance in the investigation or prosecution, or due to exceptional circumstances. Some U-Visa holder’s will quality for Lawful Permanent Residence status (Green Card) and eventual citizenship.
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