Understanding the U-Visa Process
Studies have been conducted on the reporting of crimes by immigrants, especially those that are considered illegal, and the results are disappointing. As Tallahassee immigration lawyers, we know that there are many residents of North Florida who are scared to report criminal activity out of fear of criminal or other adverse action. Many crimes committed against immigrants go unreported due to fears of consequences for the victim, such as detainment and deportation. Regardless of status, everyone living in the United States deserves the reassurance that they can report a crime committed against them, they will be protected, and the criminal brought to justice. Talking to a Tallahassee immigration lawyer can help you determine what options are there to protect you.
The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is an option specifically for victims of mental or physical abuse who provide assistance to law enforcement in fighting domestic crime. We have experience in guiding clients through the process of attaining any visa, including the U visa. This visa is particularly significant for immigration lawyers in Tallahassee because it both protects immigrants from the consequences of illegal immigration and leads to prosecution of criminal activity, which otherwise would likely be repeated. If you, or someone you know, has been victim to a crime or know of the possibility of a crime occurring, but are hesitant to report it because of legal status, contact our Tallahassee immigration lawyers to receive information about your rights under the law. Our immigration lawyer and staff can assist in filing the necessary forms, preparing for the interview, and then, if approved, potentially applying for a Green Card in the future.
U Visa Eligibility
An immigration lawyer in Tallahassee or wherever you live can answer your questions. However, here is some general information to consider. should To be considered for a U visa, an individual must meet several requirements:
- Must be a victim of a qualifying crime who has suffered physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime.
- You must have proof or useful information about the crime and provide assistance in some way to law enforcement in prosecuting the crime.
- The crime occurred in the United States or violated United States law.
Abduction Abusive Sexual Contact Blackmail
Domestic Violence Extortion False Imprisonment
Female Genital Mutilation Felonious Assault Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
Hostage Incest Involuntary Servitude
Kidnapping Manslaughter Murder
Obstruction of Justice Peonage Perjury
Prostitution Rape Sexual Assault
Sexual Exploitation Slave Trade Stalking
Torture Trafficking Witness Tampering
Unlawful Criminal Restraint