When a person is an undocumented immigrant in the United States, they often fear the possibility of being deported. It is because of this if they are the victims of or witness a crime of, they may not want to go to law enforcement for help. However, it can be a relief to know this may not be the case if you qualify for a U visa. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New York immigration attorney for assistance.
What is a U Visa?
U visas exist for nonimmigrants who are victims of certain crimes. This visa allows the recipient to receive the help of law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the crime if they suffered mental or physical abuse
Do I Qualify For a U Visa?
To qualify for a U visa, you are required to prove you are the victim of a qualifying crime that took place in the country. This can include crimes that are particularly heinous, such as witnessing or experiencing murder, manslaughter, rape, domestic violence or human trafficking. You must also show you sustained significant physical or emotional trauma as a result. Individuals in these situations are required to help law enforcement by providing them with information about the crime.
Can I Extend My U Visa?
U visas generally only last four years. While this is true, there are cases where it can be extended. This can include:
- If law enforcement requests an extension
- If you can prove you need the extension due to exceptional circumstances
- You can prove you need an extension due to delays in consular processing
It is also possible to modify the U visa in certain cases. To receive a modification, you must provide a birth certificate, proof of at least 3 years of uninterrupted presence in the United States, record of a medical examination/vaccinations, copies of your passports, and an affidavit of support.
Contact our Firm
Katona & Associates, PLLC is an experienced, highly dedicated New York City immigration law firm located in lower Manhattan. Our firm works with clients in all matters of immigration law, including employment immigration, family immigration, deportation defense, green cards, and citizenship. Contact us to discuss your case and get the help you need.