The U visa is set aside for victims of crimes (and their immediate family members) who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
The U visa provided for a term of four years with a possible extension. This visa allows the victim to remain in the U.S. on a totally legal situation. Three years are allowed to apply for green Card.
- The applicant must have been a victim of a qualifying criminal activity.
- The applicant must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of these criminal activities.
- The applicant must have information concerning that criminal activity.
- The applicant must have been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
- The criminal activity occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws.
- Lawful status in the U.S. for a period of 4 years
- Authorization to work in the U.S.
- The ability to change the status after 3 years and become a permanent resident (get a green card)
- It is possible to obtain government assistance and benefits
- The possibility of obtaining visas for certain family members.
The applicant is admissible to the United States under current U.S. immigration laws and regulations. Those who are not admissible, may apply for a waiver on a Form I-192.