Applying for U Visas
New Jersey Immigration Attorney – 973.814.4408
When the police need the help of a foreigner to complete a criminal investigation
and possibly land a conviction, it is in everyone’s best interests
to allow that person to enter the country and remain there for as long
as necessary. A U visa can permit an immigration or refugee to stay in
the United States for many years if they can help with an investigation,
or if they are the victim of a serious crime. Due to the dire circumstances
surrounding U visas, no one is barred from filing for one, not even illegal
To find out if you are eligible for a U visa, contact
New Jersey Immigration Attorney Simone Bertollini today.
Understanding the U Visa Application Process
The U visa application process will begin with the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS). Many people are understandably intimidated
with the USCIS, especially if they are not lawful immigrants. Keep in
mind that you cannot be discriminated for U visa approval based on immigration
status, or lack thereof. The entire purpose of the U visa is provide shelter
to someone in an emergency situation, or to bring a dangerous criminal
into the arms of the law. My law firm can help you with each step along
the way to ensure that all filing requirements are met.
Criminal acts eligible for U visa status consideration must be severe or
dangerous, such as:
- Domestic violence
- Human trafficking
- Involuntary servitude
- Murder or manslaughter
- Sexual exploitation or abuse
- Witness tampering
Privileges Granted Through U Visas
If the USCIS approves your U visa application, it will allow you and any
immediate family members to live and work within the country. This ability
will have a maximum duration of four years without renewal, and will require
you to help with an ongoing criminal investigation. Helping with an investigation
is often as simple as providing testimonies in and out of court when necessary.
If you are permitted to stay within the United States for three years or
more due to a U visa, you will be able to apply for a
green card – legal permanent residency (LPR) – after the third year.
This application process will be the same as any green card application,
a matter that I have handles innumerable times.
Get a consultation from a New Jersey immigration lawyer from my firm to learn more.
Experienced Representation with a Compassionate Approach
With a history of success with difficult cases and a long list of
client testimonials from people throughout New Jersey, I am prepared to fight for your rights
and provide you with the high-quality service you deserve. If you have
been the victim of a crime while in the United States and need a visa
to keep you out of harm’s way, or if you have witnessed a dangerous
crime and need to help investigators, speak with me at once by calling