A U-Visa provides temporary legal status for victims of certain crimes. U-visas lead to a work permit that is valid for four years. After having that work permit for three years, you are eligible to apply for permanent residence (a green card).
To get a U-VISA, you have to show:
- You are a direct victim, indirect victim, or witness to a qualifying crime.
- You had, have, or will have information about that crime.
- You are willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of that crime.
- You suffered substantial harm as a result of that crime.
- You have a “law enforcement certificate” from the police.
After you get that certificate you will have six months to apply for your U-visa.
DO NOT APPLY FOR A U-VISA WITHOUT A LAWYER
There are many resources for free legal advice, including: