Are you an Immigrant and a Victim of a Crime?
If you are an immigrant and you have been the victim of certain crimes, you may be eligible for a U Visa. There is no reason to wait to call an experienced immigration attorney to help you with your immigration issues. We have the resources and the experience to help you with the most complex immigration legal challenges and we are also extremely experienced criminal defense attorneys. This background is of great benefit to our clients seeking assistance with U Visas. These cases often require a comprehensive understanding of both immigration law and criminal law.
In 2007, U Visas were developed to offer an incentive and protection to non-citizens who cooperate with law enforcement professionals in criminal investigations. Though meeting the qualifications necessary for a U Visa can be challenging, you can substantially improve your chances of success with the right attorney on your side. Contact us now for a free and confidential consultation about U Visas.
Non-citizens who have been trafficked or substantially victimized and who are willing and able to provide information and cooperate with law enforcement may be eligible for U Visas. Qualifying crimes can include, but are not limited to:
Witness Tampering or Threatening a Witness
U Visas can be granted regardless of your current immigration status under the law. Please note that the extent of your abuse is not the only factor when determining U Visa eligibility. A government authority must also be willing to certify that you will be helpful to the investigation regarding the crime in question.
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Depending on the severity of a crime or the level of victimization suffered by an individual during completion of that crime, a U Visa application may be approved for an individual who is not a victim of one of the explicitly defined qualifying crimes. An experienced attorney can help you make this distinction. We may also be able to assist you in obtaining U Visa status for your family members, depending on the situation.
The biggest roadblock to obtaining a U Visa is the certification from an authorized governmental agency. It can be intimidating to approach the police department, district or county attorneys, or judges to request the appropriate paperwork. This may be an especially daunting prospect if you are not currently in the United States legally.
We can identify the correct person or persons to approach and help you present your information in a way that makes a compelling case for U Visa status. Because their availability depends on the status of the criminal investigation, it is important that you not delay if you believe you are eligible for a U Visa.
Our firm focuses exclusively on immigration related issues. We are devoted to helping non-citizens stand up for their rights. If you have information that may be helpful in a criminal investigation but have concerns about your immigration status, call us for a free and confidential consultation.