I was the victim of a crime where an individual pointed a firearm at me and told me not to move or I would be shot. He mistook me as someone he though had stolen from him. I called the police and the police report identifies the criminal violation as:
"PC422 Criminal Threats -Threated crime with Intent to terrorize Statute severity Felony"
and PC417(A)(2) Exhibit Firearm - a Misdemeanor.
From the trauma I suffered I am receiving mental therapy and the psychologist tells me I suffer from PTSD.
Keep all of your documents from the crime and from the treatment and have them reviewed by an immigration attorney in California so that the exact criminal statute can be compared to those allowable for the U visa. Sometimes a favorable argument needs to be made on your behalf for crimes that are not as typical as stated in the regulations.
You can present the FORM I-918 Supplement to the police department or the district attorney's office for certification. After certification, you can then file for the U visa.
If it was a crime involving violence, you were a witness and the police will back the application.
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