The following guide is intended as a general overview of the types of special immigrant status visas.
The 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
Qualifying Criminal Activities
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.
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