U-1 nonimmigration Visas (U visas) are used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in very special circumstances. Only 10,000 U visas are permitted per year and permission is granted on a case-by-case basis. Hopefully, you won't ever need a U visa, but it's better to have the knowledge about them and never use it, than it is to need it and know nothing. So here, we'll go over what a U visa is, who uses it and when you need experienced immigration lawyers by your side.
What is a U Visa?
A U visa is permission from the United States government to allow someone from a foreign country to enter or stay in the US in order to assist a law enforcement investigation after they were a victim of criminal activity in the US. U visas allow those foreign victims to stay in the US for the duration of the investigation when they otherwise may not be able to stay.
What are the qualifications of a U visa?
There are six legal requirements that a potential U nonimmigrant needs to meet before they can seek a U visa. The applicant must:
What crimes would justify a U visa?
While being a victim of any crime is never a positive experience, U visas are really only reserved for the worst of the worst crimes. Here are just a few of the serious crimes that would justify the need for a U visa:
When do you need an immigration lawyer?
If you're a visitor to the United States and become a victim of a serious crime during your stay, you'll want justice. You need experienced immigration lawyers by your side to fight for your rights and help you to assist investigators. Southworth & Stamman has experienced U visa lawyers that will help you navigate the US legal channels to help you seek justice and get on the road to recovery. Call today for a consultation.
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