If you know someone who is out of status here in the United States and has been the victim of a crime, he or she may be eligible for a U-visa. U-visas are available to foreign nationals or aliens who are in the United States and entered without inspection ("EWI") or have overstayed an original visa grant.
Qualifying Criminal Activity for U-visas is listed in 8 C.F.R. Sec. 214.14. U-visa petitions require the filing of Form I-918 and a certification by the respective police department, amongst other requirements. A U-visa also entitles the individual to a workers' permit and the possibility of adjusting to a U.S. permanent resident. If an individual or alien is in removal proceedings they may obtain temporary or permanent relief through the grant of a U-visa. U-visas are complex and require representation by an experienced U.S. Immigration lawyer.
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