Victims of crime
Frequently asked questions:
A U visa is a type of nonimmigrant visa available to individuals who have been victims of certain crimes and have cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. To be eligible for a U visa, the victim must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime and must be willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that provides protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence. Individuals who have been subjected to abuse by a US citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or child may be eligible for relief under VAWA, including the ability to self-petition for a green card without the abuser's knowledge or consent.
When applying for a U visa or VAWA relief, applicants must provide documentation to prove their eligibility, including evidence of the crime, evidence of their cooperation with law enforcement, and evidence of the abuse or violence they have suffered. This may include police reports, medical records, affidavits from witnesses or experts, and other types of evidence. Applicants must also undergo a background check and may need to attend an interview with immigration officials.