U Visa is a US non-immigrant for victims of criminal activity who have suffered mental and physical harm. It is designed for two reasons, to protect victims of crimes who are not US citizens and to gather information regarding crimes. The U visa protects victims by giving them legal status in the US where US law enforcement can stand with them against the crimes committed. In addition, the victim who gets the U visa status gives valuable information to police and other law enforcement regarding the crime. This information can then be used to track the criminal and make a conviction. To qualify for the U visa, the crime must have happened
within US territory. Also, the victim of the crime must fulfill several criteria, such as:
Those victims who are granted U visa status have the right to remain in the US for the
period that their visa is valid. They become legal non-immigrants and have the following rights:
For more detailed information on if your specific case would apply as a U-Visa please do not hesitate to contact the experienced team at the Law Offices of Cindy Ramjattan-Paul.