Crime Victims Visa
Classified criminal activity
- Sexual abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Involuntary servitude
- Sexual Attack
- Sexual Exploitation
- Slave Trade
- Illegal detention
- Female genital mutilation
- Aggravated assault
- Crime Victims Visa
- Hiring fraud in foreign labor
- Justice Obstruction
- Witness Handling
It includes intent, conspiracy, a solicitation to commit any of these crimes.
U VISA - VICTIMS OF A CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
The U Visa has been provided for victims of certain crimes for which they are or suffered mental or physical abuse. Also to people who helped and collaborated with the authorities in the investigation of a crime or criminal activity. The intention of this visa is to strengthen the ability of the authorities to investigate and punish cases of domestic violence, violations, incest, human trafficking, while protecting the victim (s) from the crime which (s) en) have suffered substantial physical and/or mental damage due to the crime of which they were victims as well as to help the authorities investigate and punish the crime.
In October 2000, Congress created this non-immigrant visa program for victims of human trafficking and protection for battered immigrant women.
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible for a U-VISA if you meet the following requirements:
- You were the victim of a qualifying crime.
- You suffered considerable damage from mental or physical abuse as a result of being a victim of this criminal activity.
- You have information about criminal activity.
- You are helping or are currently helping the authorities to investigate or prosecute a crime and are likely to continue to do so.
- Crime occurred in the United States.
- It is admissible to the United States. In the case that is not admissible, you can request a pardon.
Family members who may qualify to apply for a U visa
Certain members of your family who qualify may be eligible to derive the U visa benefit based on their relationship with the primary beneficiary.
For example: If the principal, is under 21 years of age. You can ask a spouse, children, parents and siblings under 18. Yes, you, the principal is over 21 years of age, you can only ask your spouse and children.
Limited number of U visas
There is a limit of 10,000 U visas that are approved annually for the principal beneficiary. However, there is no limit to the number of visas that are given to family members who derive U visa status.
If the number has reached the annual limit, USCIS creates a waiting list for the main beneficiaries and their family members who are deriving U visa status until a final decision. The main beneficiary while waiting can receive a work permit or parole permission to leave the country while a U visa is available.