This research guide is designed to educate on the purpose and procedures of filing a U Nonimmigrant Visa (U-Visa) application.
The U Visa application is for individuals who have been a victim of a qualifying serious violent crime in the United States and has suffered "substantial physical or mental abuse" as a result. This guide is not intended to circumvent the need to seek an Attorney's assistance when filing your U Nonimmigrant Visa but rather to educate on the process and provide information on its existence and potential availability to the victim(s).
"Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act) in October 2000. The legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of aliens and other crimes while, at the same time, offer protection to victims of such crimes. The legislation also helps law enforcement agencies to better serve victims of crimes."
My name is Alexa Maria Rodriguez. I am a future graduate of Ave Maria School of Law and an aspiring immigration law attorney. While participating in the Immigrant Rights and Asylum Clinic for three semesters here at Ave Maria, I have had the wonderful opportunity of assisting along side Professor Alexander Vernon victims that may potentially qualify for a U Nonimmigrant Visa. During my time at the clinic I have learned the importance of educating the community on this potential relief and have had the privilege of aiding victims. I look forward to sharing with you the process and benefits of a U Visa.
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