Are you a nonimmigrant and a victim of physical or mental abuse? Learn how a U Visa attorney from The Law Office of Serah Waweru can help you get a green card.
Being a victim of crime is unimaginably scary if you're a nonimmigrant. You certainly don't deserve to encounter physical or mental abuse in a foreign country where you barely know the laws or how to report such crimes. Luckily, you can speak to a U visa lawyer about your situation, and they'll be happy to help you stay protected as the law takes its course against the injustices you suffered.
A U Visa is a special type of visa set aside for nonimmigrant victims who have suffered or are suffering mental and physical abuse due to some crimes qualified by the USCIS.
One of the reasons the U Visa was created was to help victims of sexual and violent crimes seek help from law enforcement authorities without fear of deportation or detention. Sadly, nonimmigrants and undocumented immigrants are frequent targets for these kinds of crimes because they are easily intimidated by their immigration status.
As a result, the offenders usually get away with such crimes.
Some of the crimes that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) qualifies for U visa application include:
There are many other related crimes the USCIS qualifies for this visa that you may not know about. If you’re a victim of these or any other sexual or violent crimes, it’s best to talk to an experienced U Visa attorney from The Office of Serah Waweru.
Serah Waweru and her team understand the emotional turmoil victims of such crimes endure. For this reason, her office ensures that such victims receive the justice they deserve.
To be eligible for the U visa application, your case must meet the following criteria.
A Law Enforcement Certification is used to prove that you are a victim of the qualifying crime and that you are willing to help law enforcement authorities with investigation and prosecution. It is obtained by completing Form I-918B, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Visa, which a law enforcement agency member must sign.
The perpetrator of the crime doesn’t need to have been convicted of the crime for you to fill this form or to apply for the U visa. However, the biggest challenge is having the form signed by the law enforcement agency member after scrutinizing your story.
Such cases require the help of an experienced U visa attorney like Serah Waweru and her team.
Yes, you may eventually obtain U.S. citizenship if your U visa application is accepted. This visa gives you temporary immigration status that’s valid for four years with permission to work and obtain a Social Security Number.
After three years, you can talk to a U visa attorney about applying for permanent resident status, commonly referred to as a green card, through a process called the Adjustment of Status.
Some of your family members can also benefit from your U nonimmigrant status. If you’re under 21 years of age, you may petition on behalf of your children, spouse, parents, and unmarried siblings under the age of 18. If you’re older than 21 years, you can only petition on behalf of your spouse and children.
Once the petition is accepted, these qualifying family members will be awarded a derivative U visa, allowing them to have temporary immigration status in the U.S., among other benefits.
The petition may be filed along with your U visa application or later on. You’ll need to complete Form I-918, Supplement A, Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient, along with other requirements for filing this petition.
If you’re not sure where to start, talk to The Law Office of Serah Waweru.
Several documents need to accompany your application for a green card as a U visa holder. They include:
The USCIS may find you inadmissible even though you are generally not supposed to be denied admission to the U.S. as a U visa holder. U visa denial reasons often involve security issues in the interest of the general public.
For example, if you participated in the Nazi persecution, genocides, or any form of torture or extrajudicial killings, you are automatically inadmissible to the U.S. and therefore ineligible for green card application.
U Visa attorney fees vary depending on various factors, such as the services they offer or the amount of work to be done on your case. Send us a message online to find out how much it will cost to work on your case.
Although it’s not a prerequisite for the U visa application, hiring a lawyer can make a huge difference in your application and other processes. A lawyer understands the different eligibility requirements for U Visa applications and can help evaluate your case and proceed with the application if you qualify.
Applying for a U visa with the USCIS is free. However, your attorney will charge a certain fee to help you with your application. Contact The Law Office of Serah Waweru to determine how much it will cost to represent you in your U Visa application.
The approval rate of U visa applications for principal participants is 87%, according to reports by the USCIS. The common reasons for U visa denials are inadmissibility and lack of evidence to support claims made by the victim.
Do you need help with your U Visa Application? Are you a victim of qualifying crimes, and you don’t know where to start with your application for a U Visa? Talk to The Law Office of Serah Waweru today!