I have very bad knife injuries and still suffering physically and mentally. Can I apply for U visa while i am holding F1 visa? (change from F1 status to U visa status) if qualified? Thanks.
Did you cooperate in the investigation of the incident? You will need a police agency or the District Attorney to sign your U certification.
Yes, but the key to the U visa application is the certification by a law enforcement official that you provided information that was helpful to the investigation or prosecution of the crime. Did you report the incident to the police? Was there an investigation? Were criminal charges brought against the attacker? A U visa application requires additional proof of the harm that you suffered as well. You would be advised to speak to an attorney experienced in handling these cases.
The crime you fell victim of, - I am sorry for your predicament - qualifies. Whether there is an investigation that you would be willing to assist in or law enforcement agency willing to certify for you is a more important question on your facts. It is unclear from your description.
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You can likely qualify for a U visa because you were the victim of a felonious assault. Where you were attacked is what dictates what law enforcement agency you can go to for certification. I have requested certifications in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County, and the processes are VERY different. I would suggest you hire an attorney to request the certification if you are interested in applying for a U. Good luck!
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