You will need to wait three years before applying for your green card. If you have been asked to assist with the prosecution of the individual who harmed you then you need to follow through with that commitment. It is also important that you maintain continuous presence in the United States for the next three years.
Congratulations! After getting your U visa, you have to wait three years before you can apply for permanent residency. During this time, you have to maintain continuous presence in the United States. You also have to continue helping in the prosecution of the crime you were a victim of, if you are asked to help.
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I agree with my colleague. Be advised it is important that you will need to show when you apply for the adjustment in three years or so that you continue to be helpful to the certifying agency; maintain a relationship because there is a requirement that you continue to provide assistance for the prosecution or investigation - you cannot refuse such assistance . If you were assisted by a pro bono organization or attorney maintain that relationship so they can assist you in updating your records at the time of applying for adjustment.
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I agree with my colleagues. You should consult an experienced immigration attorney for this matter. You may schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer in your area, my firm is handling these matters in New York. If you would like free legal updates on these immigration issues you may sign up for our newsletter at http://www.shautsova.com .
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To apply for a green card as a U nonimmigrant, you must meet the following conditions:
You have been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least 3 years since the first date of admission as a U nonimmigrant and continue to hold that status at the time of application for adjustment of status.
You have not unreasonably refused to provide assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution
You are not inadmissible under section 212(a)(3)(E) of the Immigration Nationality Act
You establish your presence in the United States is justified on humanitarian grounds, to ensure family unity or is in the public interest
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