Qualifying for a U Visa


Several years ago a new category of visas was established that allows victims of crimes the ability to obtain legal residency if they fully cooperate in a criminal investigation.  There are certain crimes that qualify for this type of benefit as follows:

Abduction Incest Rape
Abusive Sexual Contact Involuntary Servitude Sexual Assault
Blackmail Kidnapping Sexual Exploitation
Domestic Violence Manslaughter Slave Trade
Extortion Murder Torture
False Imprisonment Obstruction of Justice Trafficking
Felonious Assault Peonage Unlawful Criminal Restraint
Female Genital Mutilation Perjury Witness Tampering
Hostage Prostitution Attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit any of the above crimes


Those who entered the United States without inspection or have overstayed their visas, or even where they residing abroad can qualify for this type of Visa.  The process can be difficult and there are only 10,000 of these visas granted each year, then a waiting list is compiled.  Therefore it is important to properly document your application when submitting it.  One of the most difficult parts of documentation is obtaining the government certification from law enforcement.  Without a properly completed certification, the case will not be granted.

Cynthia I. Waisman, attorney focuses her practice in the area of immigration law. For more information go to our website http://www.immigrationattorneytampa.net or Contact our Clearwater office at 727.712.2299 or Tampa office at 813.279.6180 today to discuss your immigration case.  We are here to help immigrants obtain the benefits they deserve.