Our clients suffered a life-changing disturbance. At 3 am on a Saturday morning, a family of five abruptly woke to what sounded like an explosion. In Buffalo, New York, a man had set fire to a two-story building that housed four immigrant families. Our clients had made the second floor their home.
U-Visa is reserved for persons who were the victim of qualifying criminal activity or have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse in the United States. Two more situations may allow you to use this possibility. Those are having the right information about the criminal activity and your knowledge about it that can be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
U Visa for qualifying persons brings many benefits. Victims who are granted U visa status have the right to remain in the United States for the period that their visa is valid. They become legal non-immigrants and have rights such as opening a bank account, getting a driver’s license, enrolling in an academic study, and similar. This article will highlight the most important advantages for a person who is granted a U- Visa status.
To qualify for a U-Visa, you have to show that you helped law enforcement. The document that will confirm your help is a government-issued form stating that you helped them.
The U visa certification document is USCIS Form I-918, Supplement B. A law enforcement agency can complete this form for a victim who is petitioning USCIS for a U visa. This form is a required piece of evidence to confirm to USCIS that a qualifying crime has occurred and that you were helpful in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.
The U visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows non-citizen crime victims and qualifying family members to live and work in the United States. It intends to protect victims of serious crime who decided to report the crime and assist in its investigation and prosecution, unlike other typical “nonimmigrant” visas that are temporary.