How a U visa may protect Texas immigrants who can assist law enforcement in solving a crime
This is the first post in a series which will discuss how undocumented immigrants may be able to stay in the United States under a U visa. The U visa is a special type of program and only a limited number of these visas may be granted in a given year. In addition to gaining legal status for the visa applicant, this program carries the possibility of one’s loved ones also gaining legal status in the U.S. The regulations for a U visa are strict and certain standards must be met in order to acquire one. If you believe that you may be eligible for a U visa then you should contact an immigration lawyer immediately.
We will be discussing several topics in our coming posts. Issues we will look at include:
- An explanation of what a U visa is
- A discussion of the requirements one must satisfy to obtain a U visa
- Who may apply for this relief
- Applying for legal status on behalf of a loved one or family member
- The possibility of gaining permanent residency after having received a U visa
- How applying for such a visa may lead to the cancellation of removal proceedings
Each of these topics is highly important as a U visa is not for everyone. In order to apply one must be an immigrant who has been the victim of crime. Congress’ goal in enacting this program was two-fold. First, these visas serve to protect the victims of serious crime. Second, the issuance of such visas serve to assist law enforcement in solving such crimes. Our hope is that one reading this series will have a better idea as to whether they should seek such relief.
It is highly recommended that one retain an immigration lawyer if they are seeking a U visa. These visas can only be granted with the assistance of law enforcement or other certain governmental entities. Also, as only 10,000 U visas may be issued in a year, it is important to retain an attorney to ensure that the process goes as quickly as possible and is not set back by unnecessary delay.
Our Austin immigration lawyer is able to assist Texas immigrants, who have been the victim of a crime, with the application for a U visa. We can also assist those currently outside the U.S. If you are in such a situation then contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.