USCIS Announces Update for Processing Petitions for Nonimmigrant Victims of Criminal Activity
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, until further notice, it will not terminate interim relief for aliens who have not yet filed for U nonimmigrant status, except in those cases where USCIS is aware of adverse factors. USCIS will continue to accept petitions for U nonimmigrant status at any time.
USCIS announced on Sept. 5, 2007 the publication of an interim final rule granting immigrant benefits to certain victims of crimes who assist government officials in investigating or prosecuting the criminal activity. That rule was effective Oct. 17, 2007 and established procedures for applicants seeking U nonimmigrant status, one of which encouraged aliens who had been granted interim relief to petition for U nonimmigrant status prior to Apr. 13, 2008 (180 days from the effective date of the rule). The rule states that USCIS will terminate interim relief for aliens who fail to petition for the “U” classification within the 180-day time period.
Today’s announcement supersedes that information and also clarifies that there is no deadline for filing the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918). Until further notice, the agency will not reevaluate previous grants of deferred action, parole, and stays of removal. Aliens who originally received interim relief and who have filed the I-918 will see their interim relief status extended until their petition is adjudicated and USCIS will continue to consider the evidence previously submitted with the request for interim relief as part of the I-918 petition package. There is no fee for filing the I-918.
Applicants requesting U nonimmigrant status must be admissible to the
Individuals granted U nonimmigrant status may remain in the
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/10/2008