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|The U-Visa: Immigration Benefits for Crime Victims||
Last updated: January 2010
The U-visa is a visa that allows people without status to come forward and report crimes without fear of retaliation, like being deported.
You may be eligible for a U-Visa if:
1. You were you a victim to one of these crimes:
2. You have you suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of one of these crimes.
3. You have information about that crime.
4. You have you been helpful, are you being helpful, or will you likely be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. For example, have you contacted the police and alerted them to the criminal activity? Or, have you gone to court to testify or proceed with charges?
5. And, the crime happened in the US.
If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a U-Visa, you should speak with a legal aid organization listed at the bottom of this page.
Note: If you are the surviving immediate family member of a murder victim, you may qualify for the U-visa if all other requirements are met.
Caution: As with all immigration applications, there are risks involved in bringing yourself to the attention of immigration authorities . While U-visas generously waive certain undesirable activity including the victim’s own criminal activity, you should speak with an immigration practitioner before submitting any application to immigration.
Legal representation is very important to getting a U-visa. However, you can save time and money by preparing an affidavit or filling out forms before meeting with an immigration practitioner.
Applications for a U Nonimmigrant visa require the following documentation:
To show the government that you have been helpful, are being helpful or will be helpful in any investigation or prosecution of the qualifying criminal activity, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that a law enforcement agency fill out a certification form called USCIS Form I-918B. It is often helpful to your legal case to obtain the 918B by yourself.
For a print version of this information, visit see: The U-Visa: Immigration Benefits for Crime Victims.
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For a list of organizations in your area that may be able to help you, enter your zip code.
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