U VISA LAWYER IN NEW JERSEY
Visas for Victims of Crime
U visas can be granted to immigrants to the United States and who have been victims of certain serious crimes. This type of temporary visa allows them to remain in the country up to four years in exchange for helping law enforcement authorities investigate and prosecute those who were responsible for the crimes.
How to Qualify for a U Visa
In order to obtain a U visa, you must qualify for each of the categories below:
- As a result of the crime committed against you, you suffered significant physical or mental harm
- You can relay information to law enforcement regarding the crime
- You help law enforcement in their investigation and/or subsequent prosecution of the crime
- The crime against you happened in the U.S.
- The crime committed against you included: abduction, false imprisonment, kidnapping, prostitution, rape, sexual exploitation, torture, witness tampering, and others
In addition, the person applying for a U visa can also file for a visa for their spouse and children. If the applicant is under the age of 21, he or she can also file for his spouse, children, siblings who are not married and under the age of 18, and his own parents to obtain a temporary visa to the United States. The applicant is required to obtain a certification form law enforcement. In addition, there are only 10,000 visas granted per year and as a result there is a very long waitlist for “approvable” cases.
Get Help Today!
You may have many questions about U visas, temporary visas in general, or other immigration law matters. To gain assistance in obtaining a U visa due to being a crime victim, you should contact a New Jersey U visa attorney. At The Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C., we understand the issue of being in a foreign country and the victim of a serious crime. It’s a situation that can easily put a person under an extreme amount of stress, and we want to help.