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Victims of Criminal Activity: U Nonimmigrant Status
Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act) in October 2000. The legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of aliens and other crimes, while also protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. The legislation also helps law enforcement agencies to better serve victims of crimes.
The following U Nonimmigrant information is explained in this area of the website.
You may be eligible for a U nonimmigrant visa if:
To petition for a U nonimmigrant status, submit:
Certain qualifying family members are eligible for a derivative U visa.
To petition for a qualified family member, you must file a Form I-918, Supplement A, Petition for Immediate Family Member of U-1 Recipient, at the same time as your application or at a later time. To apply for permanent residency (a green card) for yourself or a qualifying family member, visit our Green Card for a U Nonimmigrant page.
USCIS offers resources for victims of human trafficking and other crimes and the organizations that serve them. This information is designed to help answer any questions you or your family might have about obtaining T or U Nonimmigrant status. Please see Resources for Victims of Human Trafficking & Other Crimes for more information.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/20/2013