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Victims of Criminal Activity

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U Visa Details

If you are a victim of a qualifying crime and have helped or will help law enforcement investigate or prosecute the perpetrator, you may qualify for a U visa.  In addition, you can generally also obtain U visas for your spouse and/or children.  If the crime victim is a child, his or her parents can also obtain U visa.  You may also be eligible for a green card if you have held U visa status for three years and have properly assisted law enforcement.

For Whom Is a U Visa Appropriate?

Foreign nationals who were victims of a crime and who were helpful or may be helpful in the future to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of that crime.

U Visa Requirements

U visa classification may be granted to an alien who:

  1. is a victim of qualifying criminal activity;
  2. has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of criminal activity;
  3. has information about the criminal activity;
  4. is helpful, are helpful, or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime that occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws; and
  5. is admissible to the United States or would be if eligible for an INA 212(d)(3) waiver.

Qualifying Criminal Activity

AbductionIncestSexual Assault
Abusive Sexual ContactInvoluntary ServitudeSexual Exploitation
BlackmailKidnappingSlave Trade
Domestic ViolenceManslaughterStalking
False ImprisonmentObstruction of JusticeTrafficking
Female Genital MutilationPeonageWitness Tampering
Felonious AssaultPerjuryUnlawful Criminal Restraint
Fraud in Foreign Labor ContractingProstitutionOther Related Crimes*†

HostageRape*Includes any similar activity where the elements of the crime are substantially similar.

†Also includes attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above and other related crimes.
USCIS Memo Relating to U VISA
October 04, 2016Policy Memorandum PM 602-0032.1Guidance for Extension of Status for T and U Nonimmigrants
May 13, 2016Matter of L-S-M-Matter of L-S-M- clarifies that the exception to the civil penalties for failure to comply with an order of voluntary departure, available for certain victims of domestic violence or related abuse

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