In 2007 the Federal government created the U-visa to allow undocumented immigrants who have been victims of certain crimes to stay in the United States for up to 4 years, and in certain cases can be extended for longer period of time. This visa offers protection and temporary relief benefits to people who were visiting the United States, became victims of certain violent crimes, and assisted law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting the crime. The U-visa is a nonimmigrant visa and only 10,000 of these visas may be issued every fiscal year. A U-visa recipient may petition for permanent residency after residing in the U.S. for three years.

To qualify for a U-visa the applicant must fill out an I-918 Form and meet a number of different requirements before applying for the visa. The applicant must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse due to a criminal activity in at least one of the following categories: rape, torture, trafficking, incest, domestic violence, sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, prostitution, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, hostage situations, peonage, false imprisonment, involuntary servitude, slave trade, kidnapping, abduction, unlawful criminal restraint, blackmail, extortion, manslaughter, murder, felonious assault, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, perjury or attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above mentioned crimes.

All petitions for U-visas must include information on how the victim can assist the government in investigating and prosecuting the individuals that committed the crime. The victim must be willing to complete these tasks in helping law enforcement. The crime must have occurred within the United States or in a U.S. territory. There is no issue if the individual that committed the crime was in fact also not a citizen of the United States.

Contact our Miami-Dade County Nonimmigrant Visa Attorneys

Contact our Miami employment based visa attorneys at 305-222-7351, or e-mail us to schedule an appointment to discuss your Dade County, Broward County, or Monroe County immigration questions and issues.

Our Miami Immigration lawyers accept immigration law cases in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Monroe County.

Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Galiano Street in Coral Gables, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat.