Who Can File For A U Visa?
If you or your family members were a victim of certain serious crimes, you may be eligible for a U visa. U status is what is considered a nonimmigrant status and allows authorization to work for up to four years. Applicants for U status can also include certain family members in the application. Generally, a U visa offers a path to citizenship. A U visa holder can normally apply to become a lawful permanent resident after holding U visa status for three years. When an applicant files for a U visa petition, they can also often apply to waive or forgive past immigration violations and even criminal convictions.
Qualifying For The U Visa
One crucial component to the U visa process is demonstrating that the applicant was, and still is, helpful to the investigation and prosecution of the crime. A designated official at the appropriate law enforcement agency, such as a police department or district attorney’s office must sign a form stating that the applicant was helpful to the investigation or prosecution.
It is extremely rewarding for the staff at Stouffer Law to help clients and families turn a traumatic event into something positive when it results in stabilizing their legal status in the United States.