Helping Victims Of Crimes Obtain U Visas
Sadly, many people who do not have lawful status in our country are victims of crime. When this happens, they may feel that there is no one to turn to — and going to the police would be risking deportation. While these fears are valid, there are protections in place for victims of certain crimes.
U visas offer lawful status and a path to permanent residency for victims who are willing to help law enforcement in their investigation. At Immigration Law Office in Chicago, Illinois, our lawyer can help you determine if you qualify for a U visa and help you apply.
What Is A U Visa?
In 2000, the U visa was created as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. U visas are given to victims who suffered mental or physical abuse because of certain crimes, including but not limited to:
- Sexual assault and rape
- Abduction and kidnapping
- Blackmail and extortion
- Trafficking and slave trade
To qualify for a U visa, the crime must have violated U.S. laws or happened in the U.S. You must also have helped law enforcement or be willing to help law enforcement by providing information on the case.
How We Can Help
The process of obtaining a U visa may seem frightening, but we at the Immigration Law Office are here to help you through it. We will help you learn whether you qualify, and we will guide you through every step of the application process. You deserve to be protected, and we are prepared to do everything we can to help you achieve lawful status.
If you are granted a U visa, you will be allowed to remain in the U.S. for four years and apply for a green card. Your family members may also be eligible to seek lawful status in the U.S.
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