As with every visa application process, the one for the U visa will require particular attention to detail in order to seek a successful outcome. Therefore, it is good to consult with a U Visa attorney. Here at Paniotto Law, you can count on the help of our team to start your application in the right way.

The U-Visa

Here in the United States, the U visa is a type of non-immigrant visa specifically designed to help crime victims (and their close relatives) who have been physically and mentally abused while in the United States. In order to apply for this visa, there are a series of requirements and eligibility guidelines, and it is not enough to just have been the victim of a crime. Here, we can further explain the necessary terms.

U Visa Eligibility

Not all crimes are immediately eligible for a U visa in the same way that just being a victim is not enough. The crime must have had serious repercussions and meet certain specifications. There is a long list of crimes for which victims are eligible for a U visa, which includes kidnapping, sexual assault, extortion, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, false imprisonment, criminal assault, foreign labor recruitment fraud, hostage status, involuntary servitude, rape, human trafficking, prostitution, stalking, torture, illegal trafficking, witness tampering, illegal criminal restraint, and conspiracy, among others. Of course, it’s important to remember that just because someone is a victim of one of these crimes, they are not automatically eligible for a U visa. The requirements to obtain it will depend on each specific case and require attention by a knowledgeable U visa attorney.

Visa Requirements

As with every visa, there are going to be several specific requirements in order to apply. Here you can read through these conditions and, if you meet them, we encourage you to reach out to our U visa attorney for further help.

  • The applicant must have been a victim of some criminal activity.
  • The applicant must have suffered significant physical or mental abuse as a victim of this criminal activity.
  • The applicant must have information regarding this criminal activity.
  • The applicant must have assisted, is assisting, or purports to assist in the investigation or prosecution of the crime in question.
  • The criminal activity must have occurred in the United States or have violated US law.
  • The applicant must be able to enter the United States under current immigration laws and parameters. Those who are not eligible under these parameters cannot apply for a waiver.

Meet With a U Visa Attorney

Immigration paperwork of any kind and to any degree is usually easy to navigate. Therefore, it never hurts to have the help of a professional whose area of expertise is this. Here at Paniotto Law, our Los Angeles immigration firm, our team of attorneys is ready to help you with your case, no matter what it is. With our help, you will be able to move forward with your immigration process with the best chance on your side. Contact us by phone or by the form here on our website to schedule your free consultation and start your process. We are here to help you.