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Who is Eligible for a U Visa?
You could be eligible for a U visa (which puts you on U nonimmigrant status) if you’re the victim of a qualifying criminal activity.
Qualifying criminal activities include:
- Female genital mutilation
- Fraud in foreign labor contracting
- Unlawful criminal restraint
In addition to being the victim of one or more of these criminal activities, you must also:
- Have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the activity
- Have information about the activity
- Help (or be likely to help) law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime
The crime must have occurred in the U.S. or have violated U.S. laws, and you must also be admissible to the U.S. (If you’re not, you may be able to apply for a waiver.)
You can apply for a U visa if you’re outside the United States, as well. When the USCIS grants U nonimmigrant status, it’s valid for 4 years; sometimes, in select circumstances, it can be extended. For example, if law enforcement requests an extension or if you have exceptional circumstances, or if there are delays in consular processing, you may be able to extend. Your U visa is automatically extended if you apply for a Green Card.
Do You Qualify for a U Visa?