I am in U.S. illegally and a victim of crimes. Do I qualify for U visa,
and how to change my illegal status to U-status?
The U visa is set
aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or
physical abuse, and are helpful to law enforcement or government
officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.
U.S. Congress was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement
agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence,
sexual assault, trafficking of aliens and other crimes, while also
protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or
physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement
authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal
Victims of certain serious crimes, who have suffered substantial mental
or physical abuse as a result of criminal activity in the United States
may be eligible to use this form of relief and apply for the U
nonimmigrant status, or U visa.
Victims must cooperate in the criminal investigations or prosecutions.
They can then be granted U status and, after 3 years, if humanitarian
need, public interest, or family unity reasons can be proven, they can
apply for lawful permanent residency.