A U visa is a nonimmigrant visa that is available to individuals who have been victims of certain qualifying crimes in the United States, and who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime. The U visa is intended to help victims of crime to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of those crimes.
To be eligible for a U visa, an individual must have been a victim of one of the qualifying crimes listed in the U visa regulations, and must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime. Qualifying crimes include crimes of violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and certain other crimes that are listed in the U visa regulations.
If you are granted a U visa, you will be allowed to live and work in the United States for a period of up to four years. After three years, you may be eligible to apply for a green card, or permanent resident status, if you meet certain requirements.
Obtaining a U visa can be a complex process, and it is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements and to help you navigate the process.