Tag Archives: U.S. Green Card

Deadlines to Submit Previously Accepted Forms to USCIS

We have just been informed by USCIS of the approaching deadlines to submit previously accepted versions of forms that now have newer versions. Our U.S. immigration attorneys in Los Angeles advise that Homeland Security frequently changes the format of their forms as well as implement new changes in the updated versions. It is very important […]

The U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Two Immigration Cases. Their Decision May Impact Your Immigration Options!

As immigration lawyers, we love hearing of news that has potential to greatly help change the lives of many of our immigrant clients through justice and by providing additional immigration options to those who feel helpless. We are excited to hear of the announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases involving immigration […]

DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA LOTTERY NOW OPEN!

Our Immigration Attorneys in Los Angeles are excited to announce that beginning now, eligible foreign nationals will be able to apply for the fiscal year 2015 Diversity Visa Lottery program! The Diversity Visa lottery program is open to immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For the 2015 fiscal […]

Q: Can an individual who has held U nonimmigrant status eventually apply for Permanent Residence (Green Card)?

A: The individual must have been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least three years since the date of admission as a U Nonimmigrant. There are other minor qualifications in order to adjust status to Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder). Please contact one of our experienced Los Angeles Immigration […]

Q: Can family members of the petitioner receive U Nonimmigrant Status, as well?

A: Family members who accompany the petitioner can, under certain circumstances, obtain a U nonimmigrant derivative visa. If the petitioner (victim of crime) is under 21 years of age: They may petition on behalf of spouse, children, parents and unmarried siblings under age 18. If the petitioner (victim of crime) is 21 years of age […]

Q: Is there a cap on the number of U Nonimmigrant visas granted annually?

A: Congress determined that USCIS may grant no more than 10,000 U-1 Nonimmigrant visas in any given fiscal year (October 1 – September 30), this does not apply to derivative family members who are accompanying or following to join the principal foreign national victim. When the cap is reached, as it has been in the […]

Q: Can a foreign national petition for U Nonimmigrant Status from outside the United States?

A: Yes, USCIS has determined that the legal framework for U Nonimmigrant Status does permit foreign national victims of criminal activity to petition for such status inside and outside the United States. If not admissible to enter the United States as a foreign national, an applicant for a U visa must obtain a waiver of […]

Q: How long can one maintain the U Nonimmigrant Status?

A: U Nonimmigrant Status cannot exceed 4 years. In certain circumstances, extensions are available upon certification by a certifying agency that the foreign national’s presence in the United States is required to assist in the investigation or prosecution of the qualifying criminal activity. To learn more about U Visas for victims of crimes and how […]

Q: What qualifies as a “Certifying Agency” For U Visa Certification?

A: Certifying agencies can be Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judges or other authority that investigates or prosecutes criminal activity. Other agencies such as child protective services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor also qualify as certifying agencies since they have criminal investigation jurisdiction within their respective areas of […]

Q: What prevents any Foreign National from claiming U Visa status by saying they were a victim of a crime?

A: A Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status must also contain certification of the helpfulness of the victim from a certifying agency. That means the victim must provide a U Nonimmigrant Status Certification (Form I-918, Supplement B), from a U.S. Law Enforcement agency that demonstrates the petitioner was helpful. To learn more about U Visas for […]