The U Visa allows alien victims of qualifying crimes to stay in the United States and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in investigation and prosecution of the crime.
U visa holders are eligible to work and receive public benefits. Three years after approval, a U visa holder may be eligible to apply for Green Card.
You may be eligible for a U visa if you:
- Are the victim of a qualifying criminal activity;
- Have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of the criminal activity;
- Have information about the criminal activity (or if you are under the age of 16, someone who represents you such as a parent or guardian has information about the crime); and
- Have been helpful, are being helpful, or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
What are the qualifying crimes for U visa eligibility?
- Abusive Sexual Content
- Domestic Violence
- False Imprisonment
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Felonious Assault
- Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
- Involuntary Servitude
- Obstruction of Justice
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation
- Slave Trade
- Witness Tampering
- Unlawful Criminal Restraint
- Other Related Crimes