The more standard visas are common knowledge but many are unaware of non-immigrant visas that are specially designed for people who have been victimized or have suffered abuse. Having an immigration lawyer helps you not only in deciding which visa or visas to apply for but also to guide you through the process is crucial to your success in being granted a visa. An experienced lawyer may demonstrate to the law enforcement and government officials that you have a serious case.
What is a U Visa?
A U visa is a non-immigrant visa specially designated for people who have been victims of crimes. These are people who have suffered great physical or mental abuse. In order to be considered for the visa, the applicant must be willing to cooperate with law enforcement and/or government officials during both the investigation and prosecution of the crime.
What makes you eligible for a U Visa?
You must be the victim of a qualifying crime, suffered from substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of said crime(s), can provide information about the crime or criminal activity (unless you're under the age of 16 or are unable to do this due to a disability), were or are helpful or will be helpful to law enforcement officials during both the investigation and prosecution of the crime, were in the US when the crime occurred, and are admissible to the US. Your immigration lawyer can help you determine if you meet these qualifications, as well as put you in touch with the correct authorities and guide you through the processes of applying for your visa.
Who else can benefit from your eligibility?
If you are under the age of 21, you can petition on behalf of your unmarried, under-18 siblings, your parents, your children, or your spouse. If you are over 21, you can only petition on behalf of your children or spouse.
Your situation may already be stressful enough as you apply for your U visa. Having the guidance and aid of an immigration lawyer can help take some of that pressure off you. The services of an immigration lawyer will help not only you but also your petition for your loved ones. Should you run into any roadblocks with any agencies during the application process, having access to an immigration lawyer will give you a substantial legal leg to stand on.
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