Tag Archives: victim of crime

U visa, Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, Immigrant Women, Immigration Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, Violence

California Advances Bill to Help Immigrant Crime Victims

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, the California Senate Public Safety Committee advanced a bill that will help undocumented immigrants in California, who are violent crime victims, apply for special U visa status to allow them to stay in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants U Visa status to undocumented immigrants who […]

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plays an active role in the protection of victims of human trafficking, who often times are vulnerable people tricked into modern-day slavery and forced against their own will. Traffickers will often use their victim’s immigration status, or lack-there-of, to threaten victims into submission. Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys […]

USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for 6th Fiscal Year!

USCIS Has announced that they have now approved the maximum statutory amount of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (U Visas) for Fiscal Year 2015. Our Los Angeles immigration attorneys are excited to share this announcement as this is the sixth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U […]

U visa, Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, Immigrant Women, Immigration Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, Violence

USCIS Set to Discuss Possible U Visa Law Enforcement Certification Changes

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 1-2:30 PM (EDT), USCIS will hold a listening session to discuss the law enforcement certification process for U visa nonimmigrant status and possible changes being considered that would broaden the definition of a “certifying official”. Our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles will be present for the listening session and […]

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 […]