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Battered Immigrants: U Visa

VAWA 2013: New Aging-Out Provisions and Keeping Families Together :
In October of 2000, Congress created the U Visa with the passing of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. This legislation formed an incentive for crime victims to assist in the legal process because aiding law enforcement could be an effective path for them to obtain temporary status and other immigrant benefits. Read More

Questions & Answers: Victims of Criminal Activity, U Nonimmigrant Status :
Common questions and answers pertaining to U nonimmigrant visas. Read More

Questions and Answers: Qualifying Family Members of U Visa Beneficiaries May Obtain Lawful Permanent Residence :
Common questions are answered regarding U Visa applications. Read More

Green Card for a Victim of a Crime (U Nonimmigrant) :
Information on applying for a green card as a U visa holder. Read More

Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members Using the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) :
This Policy Memorandum (PM) authorizes the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to approve an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) to extend U nonimmigrant status for a derivative family member whose initial period of stay is less than four years. Read More

USCIS Reaches Milestone: 10,000 U Visas Approved in Fiscal Year 2010 :
This marks the first time that USCIS, through extensive outreach and collaboration, has reached the statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas per fiscal year since it began issuing U visas in 2008. Read More

The U Visa For Crime Victims :
The U visa provides immigration status to certain victims of certain crimes. It was created in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Pub. Law 106-386 § 1513, codified at 8 USCA §§ 1101(a)(15)(U), 1184(o) and 1255(l), and its implementing regulations are at 8 CFR § 214.14.1 Read More