USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for Fourth Straight Fiscal Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum
10,000 petitions/applicants for U nonimmigrant visa status (U visas) for fiscal year 2013. This marks the
fourth consecutive year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U
visas in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of crime who have suffered substantial
mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or
prosecute those crimes. A U-visa petition requires certification of assistance from law
enforcement. JCS Immigration and Visa, a Los Angeles based US immigration law firm, has successfully obtained U visa status for many immigrant victim clients and continues to offer assistance to those eager to apply for Fiscal Year 2014, starting October 1, 2013.

The U-visa program was created by Congress to strengthen the law enforcement community’s
ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human
trafficking, and other qualifying crimes while also offering protection to victims. More than 76,000
victims and their family members have received U visas since the program was implemented.
USCIS will continue to accept U-visa petitions and process them in the order in which they are
received. USCIS will resume issuing U visas on Oct. 1, 2013, the first day of fiscal year 2014
and is when visas will be available again.

See more information about the U visa on the Victims of Criminal Activity Web page on
our dedicated U visa webpage:

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