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U Visa

In the United States, if an immigrant is a victim of certain types of crimes, they may be able to obtain protected status and eventually qualify for lawful permanent residence. This is called a U visa. This visa was designed to give relief to victims of crimes, which include assault, sexual abuse, kidnapping, extortion, and domestic violence, among others. To qualify, a person must show that they are the victim of qualifying criminal activity and that
has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of being a victim of that criminal activity.

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What are the benefits of the U visa?

You may be eligible for a work permit and a social security number.

You may be eligible to apply for residency (green card) after holding a U visa for three (3) years.

Your family members, who were not victims of the crime, may be eligible to apply for a U visa.

If the applicant is under 21 years of age, their spouse, children, parent

and unmarried siblings under the age of 18 can apply for the U visa.

While all of this may seem excessive, it is what is required if you want to be part of the millions of people who are naturalized citizens of the United States of America. This process will not seem so difficult if you have an experienced immigration attorney to handle your case from start to finish. Finally, it might be interesting to know some of the benefits that citizenship can offer you in this country. A US citizen will have the opportunity to enjoy many privileges and rights not available to non-citizens, such as participating in government and voting to elect the men and women who make and enforce the laws. Also, there is the privilege of being elected and serving in public office, as well as being able to join any of the services that keep America safe.

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