What is a U-Visa?
It is a visa granted to qualifying immigrant victims of certain crimes.
- Enables victims to report crimes against them without being further victimized through deportation
- Leads to increased offender identification
- Allows for availability of victim to assist in investigation and prosecution of offenders
- Can include certain family members as well
What are the eligibility requirements for the U-Visa?
- The person has been a victim of qualifying criminal activity
- The person has suffered “substantial harm” as a result of the qualifying crime
- The person possesses information about the qualifying criminal activity
- The person has been, is being or is likely to be helpful to the investigation and/or prosecution of that qualifying crime
- Certification from law enforcement required
- The certification letter is used as evidence of all of the above
- There does not have to be a conviction or prosecution
- Attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above mentioned crimes
- Any activity in violation of federal, state, or local criminal law “substantially similar”
U-Visa Eligible Crimes
|Abusive sexual contact
||Obstruction of justice
||Unlawful criminal restraint
||Other related crimes