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Before the year 2000, police had a difficult time prosecuting criminals who attacked illegal immigrants because the victims were afraid to come forward out of fear of being deported. This is, in part, why Congress created the U visa, which allows victims of crimes to apply for a visa so they can file charges and testify in court without fear of deportation or removal.

The U Visa was primarily created to protect victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, but anyone who has suffered mental or physical abuse as a result of a crime is eligible. If you are wondering if you are eligible for a U Visa, contact our immigration attorneys in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

What Crimes Are Covered by the U Visa

The U Visa covers a wide array of criminal activities, the majority of which involve physical or psychological harm to the victim. Even if you were not the victim of these crimes, you can still be eligible for a U Visa if you witnessed them are willing to aid in the prosecution of the perpetrators.

Crimes that qualify for U Visa protections include:

  • Abduction
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Blackmail
  • Domestic Violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder and Homicide
  • Stalking
  • Torture
  • Trafficking
  • Rape
  • Extortion
  • Conspiracy to Commit a Crime

You will need to file a Form I-918 for U Nonimmigrant status to apply for your U Visa. Members of your direct family will also be eligible for visa benefits under this protection, so do not worry that your application will jeopardize their status. It is strongly recommended that you speak to an attorney before applying for a U Visa to ensure you qualify for one.

You Don’t Have to Be a Victim

It is not unheard of for people to take advantage of legal immigrants because they believe their victims cannot go to the police. Do not let someone take advantage of you in this way. Not only are you protected by the law, but you may also even be eligible for a green card after you obtain a U Visa. Our attorneys can help you fight for the justice you deserve.

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