Get the Assistance You Need for Your U-Visa Petition
The U-Visa is a non-immigrant visa, created by the US Congress through the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act in 2000. Individuals who have been a victim of a crime, suffered physical and/or mental abuse stemming from the crime, and have aided or are currently aiding law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime may qualify for a U-Visa.
Each year the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can issue up to 10,000 U-Visa applications. USCIS has issued all 10,000 dedicated U-Visas for the last nine fiscal years.
Do You Qualify for a U-Visa?
To be eligible for a U-Visa the criminal activity the victim experienced must meet the following requirements:
1) The applicant must be a victim of a qualifying criminal activity that occurred in the US. Qualifying crimes;
2) The applicant must have suffered substantial physical or mental injury as a result of the qualifying crime; and
3) The crime must have occurred in the United States.
To be eligible for a U-Visa, the victim must also have been helpful to a law enforcement agency. This requirement can be met by showing the following:
1) By calling the police
2) Telling the police what happened
3) Answering any questions from police
4) Talking to a prosecutor
5) Testifying in court
The most important part of any U-Visa petition is to have a signed Form I-918 Supplement B by a certifying agency. Certifying agencies may include any authority that was involved in the investigation or conviction of the crime, such as law enforcement agencies, judges, prosecutor or district attorney’s offices, family protective services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or federal and state departments of labor.
Finally, to be eligible for a U-Visa, the petitioner must be admissible to the United States. If the petitioner has any inadmissibility factors, a waiver is available to ask USCIS to waive inadmissibility factors in favor of the Petitioner’s good behavior and contributions to the United States.
What Can We Do for You?
Based out of Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in Schaumburg, Il and Madison, WI, our firm is committed to serving the immigration needs of clients throughout the world. Our clients include people coming to the United States from Latin America, Canada, Middle East, Asia, Europe, India, Pakistan, Africa, Korea, and elsewhere.
The Francis Law Center is committed to practicing immigration law; in fact, it is the only kind of law we practice. Attorney Jae Francis Lee brings experience as a professional working as a Professor of United States History at the University of Wisconsin and holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He understands the importance of in-depth research and meticulous documentation required for a successful U-Visa petition. As a result, we can help you understand your options when it comes to qualifying and filling a U-Visa petition.