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OVERVIEW OF U NONIMMIGRANT VISAS
The U nonimmigrant visa is set aside 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.
You may be eligible for a U nonimmigrant visa if:
Qualifying Criminal Activities
*Includes any similar activity where the elements of the crime are substantially similar.†Also includes attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above and other related crimes.
U Visa Cap
There is a limit of 10,000 U visas each year. If the cap is reached before all U nonimmigrant petitions have been adjudicated, USCIS will create a waiting list for any eligible principal or derivative petitioners that are awaiting a final decision and a U visa. Petitioners placed on the waiting list will be granted deferred action or parole and are eligible to apply for work authorization while waiting for additional U visas to become available. Once additional visas become available, those petitioners on the waiting list will receive their visa in the order in which their petition was received. Petitioners on the waiting list do not have to take any additional steps to request the U visa. USCIS will notify the petitioner of the approval and the accompanying U visa.
Applying for U Visa
1. Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
2. Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification.
The Form I-918, Supplement B, must be signed by and authorized official of the certifying law enforcement agency and the official must confirm that you were helpful, and currently being helpful, or will likely be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the case.
3. If any inadmissibility issues are present, you must file a Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant, to request a waiver of the inadmissibility;
4. A personal statement describing the criminal activity of which you were a victim; and
5. Evidence to establish each eligibility requirement
Applying for a Green Card
You have been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least three years while in U nonimmigrant status, and
You have not unreasonably refused to provide assistance to law enforcement since you received your U visa.
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