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U-Visa

San Diego Immigration Lawyer

U-Visa

Here we will discuss what a U-Visa is and whether you would qualify for one. If after reading this article you believe you may qualify for a U-visa contact Rejali Law Firm, San Diego’s premier Immigration Lawyers for your free and confidential consultation.


What is a U-Visa?

 

A U-Visa is a nonimmigrant 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.

 

Do I Have to Have Been a Witness in Prosecuting the Crime to Qualify?

 

No. So long as you have assisted law enforcement in prosecution of the crime you may qualify. Assisting law enforcement could in some scenarios be as much as speaking to law enforcement about a case you may have information, which the government is investigating.

 

What Crimes Does the U-Visa Protect?

 

Some of the qualifying crimes include:

·     Domestic Violence

·     Felony Assault

·     Sexual Assault

·     Trafficking

This list is not exhaustive and many other crimes may also qualify.

 

Can I apply for a U visa if I am outside the U.S. ?

 

Yes.

 

Is there a Fee to Apply for a U-Visa?

 

There is no fee associated with filing a U-Visa.

 

Can I Get a Work Permit If My Petition is approved?

 

Yes.

 

How Long Will the Process Take?

 

The average processing time is between 18-24 months.

 

If you believe you may qualify for the U-Visa contact the Rejali Law Firm, San Diego’s premier immigration firm for your free and confidential consultation. To assist our clients in obtaining immigration benefits they deserve our firm also offers flexible payment plan options.