Provides info on the cap associated with the U visa and details regarding who qualifies
U Visa Quota Met for Fiscal Year 2014
On December 11, 2013 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had met its quota for nonimmigrant U visas (U Visa) for the fiscal year 2014 (FY2014). For each fiscal year 10,000 U Visas are allotted and this is the 5th straight year the quota has been met. The new fixcal year (FY2015) will begin October 1, 2014. This means U Visa petitioners may still file but must wait in line (processing is done in the order received).
Eligibility for a U Visa
A U Visa is designated for victim's of qualifying crimes (defined below); who have suffered substantial abuse (either physical or mental) as a result of being a victim of the qualifying crime; have information about the qualifying crime; and have been helpful, are helpful, or are likely to be helpful in the investigation of the qualifying crime. Where the victim is under the age of 16 or is unable to provide information due to a disability, a parent, a guardian, or a next of friend's assistance to law enforcement may be substituted. Because cooperation with law enforcement is required, a U Visa petitioner will need confirmation from law enforcement.
A qualifying crime must have either occurred in the U.S. or violated U.S. laws and the crime itself must be at least one of the following: Abduction, Abusive Sexual Content, Blackmail, Domestic Violence, Extortion, False Imprisonment, Female Genital Mutilation, Felonious Assault, Incest, Involuntary Servitude, Kidnapping, Manslaughter, Murder, Obstruction of Justice, Peonage, Perjury, Prostitution, Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Slave Trade, Torture, Trafficking, Witness Tampering, Unlawful Criminal Restraint, Other Related Crimes. Please contact us if you have any questions at email@example.com or 281-340-2074. Do not risk losing potential benefits.
Information on the Author
Rehan Alimohammad is a Partner at Alimohammad & Zafar, PLLC in charge of immigration and tax matters. He has been named one of the top lawyers in Houston by Houstonia magazine in December 2013 and was named one of the 5 Most Outstanding Young Texans in 2011. He volunteers with several organizations in the Houston and surrounding areas, and has written over 200 articles on immigration topics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1996, his CPA in 1998 and his law degree from the University of Houston in 2001. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-340-2074.