U visas are meant for victims of crime who have suffered physical or mental harm and have assisted law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the criminal. Our Temecula U visa immigration attorneys at SYG Law Firm are ready to assist you in obtaining the help you require with a U visa.
What is the Essence of a U Visa?
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act was passed by Congress in 2000 to aid law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting domestic assault, sexual violence, human trafficking, and other offenses. This legislation was also enacted to assist victims of mental or physical abuse who are willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
A U visa’s objective is to provide immigrants peace of mind by ensuring that they will not be deported if they choose to report a crime. The U visa was created to enable victims of crime to not only escape their attackers but also benefit society as a whole.
Even if they are not qualified for a visa through family members or work, U visas can allow those living in the United States with certain criminal or deportatable offenses to obtain legal residency. If you are an immigrant victim of a crime, our domestic abuse immigration lawyers can assist you in obtaining a U visa.
What Crimes Do U Visas Cover?
The U Visa is used to cover a wide range of criminal conduct, the majority of which causes physical or psychological injury to the victim. You may also be eligible for a U visa if you witnessed any of the crimes below and are prepared to help the authorities prosecute the criminals.
The following offenses are covered by the U Visa:
- Sexual Abuse
- Conspiracy to commit a crime
- Murder and homicide
- Domestic violence
- and more
You may be eligible for a U visa even if you have worked illegally in the United States or have been deported and returned.
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a U-visa:
- You must have suffered serious physical, mental, or emotional abuse.
- You must possess knowledge of the qualifying crime.
- You must assist in the investigation and prosecution of the crime (or show your willingness to cooperate with law enforcement)
- The crime committed must violate the law in the United States of America.
The direct victim’s unmarried children under the age of 21, spouse, parent, or sibling (under the age of 18), are examples of relatives who may qualify as indirect victims.
Before filing for a U Visa, it is strongly advised that you consult with an immigration attorney at SYG Law Firm in Temecula, California to ensure that you qualify.
How to Get a U Visa
For many people, getting a U visa is difficult since it necessitates a thorough and lengthy examination. For example, a variety of papers, supporting documentation, and evidence of the crime will be required, as well as, in some situations, a comprehensive psychological report from a licensed therapist.
It is normal for such a thorough examination of a terrible event to appear frightening or impossible to complete. Your chances of a successful application procedure will be considerably boosted if you work with an experienced immigration lawyer at SYG Law Firm.
SYG Law Firm’s attorneys can assist you in gathering important papers and evidence to support your case, as well as argue for you. We have the knowledge and resources to assist you throughout the application process so that you can get the best possible result for your case.
Certification of Helpfulness
When a person petitions for U.S. nonimmigrant status, they must fill out a U.S. Nonimmigrant Status Certification, which is a certification of helpfulness (Form I-918, Supplement B). A certified law enforcement agency can provide you with one of these forms.
This form indicates that the applicant has been, is willing to be, or will be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the offense. Judges, prosecutors, child protection services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor are examples of certifying law enforcement bodies where a U visa application can be obtained.
For additional information on the application and whether you or a family member are eligible for this sort of visa, contact SYG Law Firm’s U visa attorney immediately. You will be able to get all of your immigration questions addressed with our expert immigration attorney by your side.
Protection Against Assault and Abuse
Many illegal immigrants are targeted by criminals who are aware of their legal status and take advantage of the fact that many illegal immigrants are afraid of deportation if they report a crime. An illegal immigrant can now report a crime without fear of being deported and losing his or her family and job if he or she has a U visa.
The U visa is advantageous to both victims and witnesses of violent crimes. At the SYG Law Firm, we have assisted many people with their immigration and visa issues, and we would be delighted to help you as well.
If you were a victim of a crime and are now living in the United States illegally, contact us to learn more about the U-Visa process.
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SYG Law Firm’s immigration attorney has helped many clients to obtain legal residency in the United States, and they have the deepest regard and sympathy for people who have been victims of criminals. If you or a loved one has experienced serious emotional or bodily harm due to a crime, call our Temecula, California immigration attorney right away.
The sooner you take action, the better your chances are of getting justice and a better future in the United States. Get in touch with SYG Law Firm today at (951) 595-7127 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.