Green Card Through U Visa
For applicants who have an approved U visa and are looking to obtain their green card.
U Visa GenerallyThe U visa is for immigrants who have been victims of a crime and assist or are willing to assist U.S. authorities in investigating and/or prosecuting that crime.
To be eligible to apply for a U visa, a person must:
Have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of being a victim of certain types of crimes;
Possess information about that criminal activity;
Provide a certification from a law enforcement official, prosecutor, or judge that the person has been, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity; and
Show that the criminal activity violated the laws of the United States
Green Card EligibilityYou may be eligible to apply for permanent residence after meeting the following requirements:
A) you have been physically present in the U.S. continuously for at least three years;
B) you have not unreasonably refused to cooperate with the law enforcement officials investigating and prosecuting the crime against you;
C) your continued presence in the U.S. ensures family unity or is in the public interest, and
D) You are not inadmissible under section 212(a)(3)(E) of the Immigration Nationality Act.
Application ProcedureIf you qualify, you can apply for your green card with USCIS. You must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. You also must concurrently file a Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Form I-693.
Family MembersIf you have a qualifying family member who has never held U status, he or she can also apply for a green card if he or she is in the U.S. and has an approved Form I-929, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant, can show that the U-1 principal would suffer extreme hardship if he or she were forced to leave the U.S., and is not otherwise inadmissible to the United States.