The U Visa was created in October 2000 by the US Congress for the approval of an important law. It is legislation to protect victims of human trafficking and violence, including legislation to protect abused immigrant women.
This visa is also known as U non-immigrant status and is reserved for people who have suffered physical or mental abuse. They also provide assistance to law enforcement agencies and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activities.
It enhances the capacity of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence. Cases to which other crimes such as sexual exploitation and foreign smuggling are added.
So, who gets U nonimmigrant status?
It is mainly received by victims of a qualifying criminal act or those who are victims of physical or mental abuse as a result of a criminal act. In this case, the crime may have occurred in the United States or may have violated the country’s laws.
It is also obtained by those who have information about criminal activity. If you are under 16 or have a disability, your parent or guardian may have access to information on your behalf.
Those who aided or assisted police entities in the investigation or criminal prosecution of a crime also apply.
This visa is eligible for entry into the country. Otherwise, a waiver may be requested with a Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.
To apply for U nonimmigrant status, a Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status must be filled out. It is important to note here that, if there is any issue of inadmissibility, a form has to be submitted requesting exemption. Reason for rejection. We’re talking about Form I-192, Application for Advance Authorization to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.
Similarly, to request it, you must submit a personal statement describing the criminal activity of which you were a victim. Also, evidence that establishes each of the eligibility requirements.