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U Visa / Victims of Criminal Activity

Thursday, September 8, 2016

USCIS Accepts the Ombudsman's Recommendation to Adopt Parole Policy for U Visa Petitioners and Family Members


USCIS has agreed with the Ombudsman’s recommendation to implement a parole policy for U visa petitioners and qualifying family members who live abroad. The U visa – available to individuals who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of a qualifying crime and who meet certain other criteria – are capped at 10,000 per fiscal year. When the cap is exceeded, U petitioners who live abroad are placed on a waiting list and must then proactively seek humanitarian parole to enter the United States. As a result, victims of crimes residing abroad are not able to easily aid investigators and prosecutors.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Certificación de Estatus U de No Inmigrante: Un Aro Que Cada Beneficiario de U Visa Tiene Que Saltar

Un extranjero que ha sido víctima de alguna actividad criminal puede calificar para un Estatus U Estatus de No inmigrante. El Estatus de No inmigrante se reserva para víctimas de ciertos crímenes, quienes han sufrido abuso mental o físico sustancial y quienes están dispuesto a asistir a los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley y oficiales del gobierno en las investigaciones y enjuiciamiento de la actividad criminal.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

U Nonimmigrant Status Certification: A Hoop That Every U Visa Beneficiary Needs To Jump Through.

A foreign national who has been victim of criminal activity may qualify for U Nonimmigrant Status. The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Immigrant Victims Left Waiting After U.S. Reaches U Visa Cap


The federal government has already reached its limit on the number of U visas-a special category for crime victims-available for the 2014 fiscal year. After only two months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials have already filled the 10,000 visas available this year. Every year since the visa program began in 2008, USCIS has hit the maximum number of visas available, but this year is the fastest the limit has been reached. Reaching the visa cap so soon after the year started is a sign that lawmakers need to increase the number of visas available to help the victims.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

U Visas for Victims of Crime (Part 2)


This is continuations of the 2 parts articles on U Visas for Victims of Crime. The U Visa non-immigrant status is set aside for the victims of crime who have suffered substantial mental and physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement authorities investigating those crimes.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

U Visas for Victims of Crime (Part 1)


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2013. This marks the fourth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008. Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of crime who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. A U-visa petition requires certification of assistance from law enforcement.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa) Victims of Criminal Activity, Part - II


This is the continuation of a series of articles on U nonimmigrant visas which can be granted to individuals and their families who may fall victim to many types of crime in the U.s., such as rape, murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, etc.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa) Victims of Criminal Activity, Part I

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. Below are Qeustions and Answers pertaining to U nonimmigrant visas.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa) victims of Criminal Activity, Part III

This is the concluding part of a series of articles on U nonimmigrant visas which can be granted to individuals and their families who may fall victim to many types of crime in the U.S., such as rape, murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, etc.

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