Visas for Victims of Crimes

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Protections for Victims of Certain Crimes and Domestic Violence

U Visa 

In the United States, if an immigrant is a victim of certain types of crimes, they may be able to obtain a protective status and ultimately qualify for their lawful permanent residency.  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. In order to qualify, a person must show that they are the victim of qualifying criminal activity and that they have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of that criminal activity.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA)

An abused immigrant spouse and children may also qualify for protections under VAWA.  This visa allows them to self-petition to get legal status in the U.S. It will allow these victims of domestic violence to get jobs and health benefits. Protections under VAWA open the door for victims of domestic abuse to escape their relationships and regain normalcy by living a safe life free from abuse.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, please contact Alami Law. Our immigration lawyers are experienced and have the dedication necessary to help you with your case.