How to File for a U-Visa in New York
Question: I was a victim of crime in NYC, how can I apply for a U-Visa?
Answer by NYC U Visa Attorney: To qualify for a U-Visa the following three standards must be met.
- You must be a victim of the following qualifying crime
- Abusive Sexual Contact
- Domestic Violence
- False Imprisonment
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Felonious Assault
- Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
- Involuntary Servitude
- Obstruction of Justice
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation
- Slave Trade
- Witness Tampering
- Unlawful Criminal Restraint
You must have proof of injury, physical or psychological. This evidence can be shown with medical reports and/or psychological evaluations.
You must show you were cooperating with law enforcement. A police report, or testimony in open court are typical examples of this cooperation. Also there MUST BE a signed certification from a police officer, prosecutor, judge, or another identified official – the list is very long of who may sign Immigration Form 918B.
*****After 3 years, a U Visa holder may apply for a green card. U Visa beneficiary may be allowed a waiver of his or her own violations of immigration and even criminal law.