U Visa Eligibility Requirements
1) You are the victim of a qualifying criminal activity
You are eligible for a U Visa if you are the victim of one of the crimes found in the Immigration & Nationality Act, INA 101(a)15(u). The criminal activities in this clause are in violation of one or more of Federal, State, or local criminal law:
Rape | Sexual assault | Abusive sexual contact
Sexual exploitation | Prostitution
Blackmail | Extortion
Kidnapping | Abduction | Unlawful criminal restraint | False imprisonment
Trafficking | Involuntary servitude | Slave trade
Torture | Murder | Manslaughter
Fraud in foreign labor contracting
2) You have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of crime
3) You have information about the activity and were helpful, are helpful, or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation of crime
4) The crime happened in the United States or violated U.S. Laws
5) You are admissible in the United States (If not you may apply for a waiver Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Non-immigrant)
Form I-918: Application for U Visa, Non-immigrant Status
FeeThere is no fee to apply for the U-Visa
Family ApplicationsIf you are under 21 years old you may petition on behalf of your spouse, children, parents, and unmarried siblings under age 18
If you are over 21 years old, you can apply for your spouse, and or unmarried children under the age of 21
Required MaterialForm I-918
Form I-918 B Certification with the required official signature of a certifying law enforcement agency
A personal statement describing the criminal activity of which you were a victim
Evidence to show you meet the eligibility requirements
Processing times vary depending on the details of your case. The USCIS generally takes about a year to fully process a U Visa application.
Permission to Work in the United States (EAD)You will receive a work permit (EAD) the same time your U Visa application is approved. No application for working permission is required.
Filing for Legal Permanent Residence (Green Card)Three years after being granted U-Visa, you may apply for a green card. You must submit a separate I-485 application packet for yourself and, if applicable, for each family member who received derivative U-Visa status based on your case.
Read more information about the I-485 process at this link.
The U Visa involves an abundance of sensitive paperwork. The Immigration Law Offices of Hadley Bajramovic PC is experienced in filing many successful U Visas. Call (951) 588 9838 for more information.