Asylum For Victims Of Criminal Activity
While obtaining asylum in the U.S. can be difficult, there is a potential path for foreign-born individuals who may have witnessed or been victims of criminal activity. The U nonimmigrant status is reserved for victims of crimes who have suffered physical or mental anguish and have assisted U.S. law enforcement or government officials to find and prosecute the criminal activity.
Obtaining a U visa can be challenging, and applicants have to undergo a complex application process. The attorneys at Bean + Lloyd LLP have assisted clients and their family members through every step of the process, from compiling and completing the necessary documentation, to filing for waivers, appeals and extensions while advocating on your behalf.
Examining The U Visa Qualifications
U visas may be eligible for those who:
- Are victims of a qualifying criminal activity
- Have endured serious physical or mental harm due to the criminal activity
- Have information or pertinent details about the criminal activity and are willing to share that information with law enforcement during the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
In addition, the criminal activity must have either occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws. The qualifying criminal activity can be anything from abduction to murder or trafficking.
The limit on the number of U visas that may be granted per year is 10,000. However, there is no limit on the number of family members that may derive status from the principal applicant’s case. U visa holders may be eventually eligible to apply for a green card and permanent resident status.
Our firm works with victims of crimes and their families to present the case to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a cohesive and compelling manner. We assist throughout the process, including with any appeals and denials.