Established in 2000 under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the U visa program gives people a chance to stay in this country when they cooperate with law enforcement to prosecute criminals.
A U Visa is offered to individuals who have been victims of a crime, and have assisted, are assisting, or will assist in the investigation and prosecution of the defendant, a suspect, or any other person who committed the crime.
U Visa Eligibility Criteria:
- You must have been a victim of a qualifying criminal activity, and this crime must have occurred in the United States or violated U.S. law.
- In the course of this criminal activity, you must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse.
- You have useful information about this criminal activity.
- You have been or will be helpful to law enforcement to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice.
- You are admissible to the United States, or you are applying for a waiver.
The first step in the U visa application process is completing Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status. When Form I-918 is submitted, an accompanying form, Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certificate must be submitted at the same time.
This second form certifies the applicant is a victim of a crime and has, is or will be providing assistance to law enforcement in the investigation of the crime.
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