People that have been victims of some crimes or mental and physical abuse may qualify to obtain a U-Visa and, eventually, the lawful permanent resident (Green Card). The U.S. government set each year, 10,000 U visas qualifying victims. To qualify, you must have been a victim of the enumerated crimes and be helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the U-Visa Eligibility and Requirement?
You may qualify for a U-Visa if:
- You are the victim of qualifying criminal activity.
- You have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of criminal activity.
- You have information about the criminal activity. If you are under the age of 16 or unable to provide information due to a disability, a parent, guardian, or next friend may possess the information about the crime on your behalf.
- You were helpful, are helpful, or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. If you are under the age of 16 or unable to provide information due to a disability, a parent, guardian, or next friend may assist law enforcement on your behalf.
- The crime occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws.
- You are admissible to the United States. If you are not admissible, you may apply for a waiver on a Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.
What are the qualifying criminal activities for a U-Visa?