U Visa Overview
The following guide is intended as a general overview of the types of special immigrant status visas.
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.
EligibilityTo 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
Qualifying Criminal ActivitiesAbduction
Abusive Sexual Contact
Female Genital Mutilation
Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
Obstruction of Justice
Unlawful Criminal Restraint
Other Related Crimes*+
*Includes any similar activity where the elements of the crime are substantially similar.
+Also includes attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above and other related crimes.
Application ProcessIf eligible, applicants should submit the following documents and applications:
Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification. The Form I-918, Supplement B, must be signed by and authorized official of the certifying law enforcement agency (PDF)and the official must confirm that you were helpful, and currently being helpful, or will likely be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the case.
A personal statement describing the criminal activity of which you were a victim.