This information is from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
What is a U visa?
- Are or have been victims of certain crimes that took place in the United States and
- Have suffered substantial harm as a result of these crimes and
- Are assisting, have assisted, or will assist law enforcement in the investigation and/or prosecution of these crimes.
Who can apply for a U visa?
- U Visas are available to the victim’s spouse and minor children (who are younger than 21 years of age and unmarried).
- U Visas are available to the victim’s spouse, children, parents, and unmarried siblings under 18.
- Crime victims and family members can also apply from outside the United States if they meet all of the eligibility requirements.
What are the benefits of a U visa?
What type of criminal activity qualifies for a U visa?
- Domestic violence
- Felony assault
- Involuntary servitude
- Kidnapping, abduction
- Attempted murder
- Rape, Sexual Assault
- Abusive sexual conduct, sexual exploitation
- Slave trade, human trafficking
Does it matter who the perpetrator of the crime was?
- The perpetrator of the crime might be your spouse, domestic partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, lover, relative or a stranger.
- The type of relationship you had with the person who hurt you does not matter for a U Visa.
- It also does not matter if the person was undocumented or had immigration status.
What are the eligibility requirements for a U visa?
- You suffered substantial physical or mental harm from being a victim of criminal activity.
- You have information about this criminal activity.
- You helped, are helping, or will help law enforcement with the investigation and/or prosecution of the crime.
- Criminal activity violated the laws of the United States.
What can I do if I think I am eligible for a U visa?
- Stay in contact with law enforcement agencies such as the local police or district attorney’s offices.
- Gather as much evidence as you can about the crime and the harm you have suffered from the crime. Examples of evidence include:
- Personal statement (discuss-ing how you have been physically and mentally harmed and how you assisted or will assist law enforcement with investigating and/or prosecuting the crime)
- Police reports
- Medical or psychological evaluations
- Letters from counseling centers or shelters
- Photographs of injuries
- Discuss your case with a reputable immigration attorney.