We sincerely hope that you have not been a victim of a crime while temporarily visiting, studying, or working in the United States. But if you have, you should be aware of the immigration benefits available to crime victims under the nonimmigrant U visa program.
How to Qualify for a U Visa as a Crime Victim
To qualify for a U nonimmigrant visa, you must meet the following criteria:
- You were the victim of a qualifying crime, as a result of which you suffered substantial mental or physical abuse.
- You possess information about the crime that would be helpful to law enforcement.
- A federal, state, or local law enforcement official certifies, on a form that is attached to your visa application, that you are helping or have helped law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of that crime.
- You must meet the standard criteria for admissibility to the US or obtain a waiver of inadmissibility.
Types of Crime that Qualify for a U Visa
Qualifying crimes are generally violent or sexual crimes such as being kidnapped, held hostage, raped, beaten, or forced into prostitution....