If you are an immigrant who was a victim or witness of a serious crime in the United States, you may qualify for a U Visa. At New Frontier Immigration Law, one of our U Visa immigration lawyers in Phoenix, AZ, can help you determine if you qualify and walk you through this process.
A U Visa is a nonimmigrant visa approved for those who helped in law enforcement’s investigation of a serious crime. Our attorneys offer strategic sessions, advice, and representation for U Visas.
Who Is Eligible for a U Visa?
When you first contact New Frontier Immigration Law, you can count on our lawyers to assess your case and give you our honest opinion about whether you should apply for a U Visa or if there is a better option based on your situation.
U Visa requirements include:
- Being a victim of a qualifying crime or witnessing one
- Suffering mental or physical injuries because of a crime
- Providing information to law enforcement about the crime, aiding in its investigation
You may also apply for visas for your qualifying family members once you receive approval.
What Crimes Qualify an Immigrant for a U Visa?
Most people who apply for a U Visa are victims of serious crimes. The U Visa was created as a part of laws passed to protect women from trafficking, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and other crimes. However, almost any crime that causes a victim significant physical or financial harm could serve as the basis for a U Visa. This includes virtually anything from murder to rape to fraud.
A qualifying crime must either:
- Occur in the United States
- Violate local, state, or federal laws
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a list of crimes that qualify. In this list, DHS also notes that each listed crime is a general category, and any related similar activity that violates the law may be a “qualifying criminal activity” for U Visa applications.
Our attorneys have handled many of these cases and will discuss the details of your circumstances with you to determine if we believe you may qualify.
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New Frontier Immigration Law Understands How Complex Immigration Law Can Be
Our attorneys from New Frontier Immigration Law want to help you navigate the immigration process and get the change in status you need. We can determine if a U Visa is the best option for you or if there are other routes to getting approved for a Permanent Resident Card.
We want to help you through this process because we know how tedious and stressful fighting immigration challenges can be. We want to ensure you can stay in your home and with your family, not worrying about what could happen if you or a family member is detained. We know because many of us have lived it ourselves.
If you want to change your immigration status in the Phoenix area, we are here for you. We provide a wide range of services to our clients, and our client testimonials agree that we always put our clients first. If you work with us, we will:
- Assess your options and qualifications for a U Visa
- Answer your questions about the process and your case specifically
- Complete and submit all paperwork and documentation for you
- Keep you up to date as the process moves forward
- Represent your best interests as needed throughout the process
- Work to clear any obstacles
- Handle the process of getting U Visas for your spouse, children, and/or parents
- Help you get your Green Card and other necessary documentation after your U Visa receives approval
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New Frontier Immigration Law Manages U Visa Petitions
If you opt to work with a lawyer from New Frontier Immigration Law on your U Visa petition, we will take a lot of the guesswork out of this process. We know what to do and will file your petition correctly and with all supporting documents. This includes:
- Form I-918: Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, your application
- Form I-918: Supplement B: U Nonimmigrant Status Certification, which is the form law enforcement signs, saying you provided information in the case
- Documentation to prove you meet the requirements
- A personal statement about the crime and how it affected you
If you are not admissible to the United States, we may be able to apply for a waiver and receive approval on your behalf. This utilizes Form I-192: Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.
Once you receive approval for your U Visa, our team can help you apply for a Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card. This will give you legal status to live and work in the United States. We can also pursue derivative U Visas for your qualifying family members.
Getting U Visas for Your Spouse and Children
Your spouse, children, and other dependents may be able to petition for and receive U Visas as well. These are known as derivative U Visas because they are based on your approval. This process can be confusing and complex because each step must occur at the right time and with the proper documentation.
Our attorneys know how to file the correct forms, submit the proper documents, and get your family members approved for their visas. If there are issues, we will fight them with our knowledge and experience, pursuing legal status for every qualifying member of your family.
Speak with an Immigration Attorney About Your Case Today
At New Frontier Immigration Law, our U Visa immigration lawyers in Phoenix, AZ provide strategic sessions for immigrants who have questions or concerns about their immigration status, legal options, or the problems they currently face.
We may be able to help you determine if a U Visa is the right option for you. We can even help if you or a family member is in immigration proceedings, scheduled for removal, or will be deported soon. Call (623) 235-8649 now to get started with your initial strategic session.