What is the U visa program?
Under the U visa program, a non-citizen who is the victim of a certain crimes and who cooperates with the police may be able to apply for temporary legal status. A person granted a U visa can legally live and work in the United States for three years. At the end of the three years, the U visa holder may apply for lawful permanent legal status (a green card).
Can I qualify for the U visa if I was the victim of an old crime?
Yes. Victims of past crimes are also eligible if they meet the U visa requirements.
Can my family members benefit from my U visa?
Yes. Your wife or husband and children under the age of 21 can be included in your application for a U visa. In addition, if you are a child under the age of 16, your parents, guardian, or next friend may be eligible for a U visa if the criminal prosecution would be harmed without their assistance.
You could qualify for a U visa if you meet the requirements listed below:
1. You’re not a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
2. You’re a victim of a serious crime covered by the U visa.
3. The crime occurred in the U.S. or a territory of or possession of the U.S.
4. I suffered substantial physical or mental injury as a result of the crime.
5. I have information about the crime.
6. I have been, are being, or are willing to be helpful to the police investigation and prosecution of the crime
In order to qualify for the U visa, you must be a victim of one or more of the following crimes or any similar activity in violation of Federal, State, or local criminal law:
- Domestic Violence
- Felony Assault
- Rape / Sexual Assault
- Abusive Sexual Conduct
- Sexual Exploitation
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Slave Trade
- Human trafficking
- Involuntary Servitude
- Unlawful criminal restraint
- False imprisonment, Blackmail
- Witness Tampering
- Obstruction of Justice, Perjury
- Manslaughter, Murder or Attempt
- and Conspiracy or Solicitation to commit any of the above listed crimes