You’ve been living in the United States for years. Now, you’ve been the victim of a serious crime, and you may have concerns about notifying law enforcement. After all, you don’t want to lose your residency and risk deportation. If this situation sounds familiar, you can partner with a U visas immigration attorney in Phoenix, AZ.
New Frontier Immigration Law has years of experience helping people in your situation. We want to get justice and minimize disruption to your life. A U visas immigration attorney in Phoenix, AZ, can protect your rights and help you reach your goals. We offer strategic sessions where you can learn more.
What Are the Requirements for a U Visa?
A U visa (a U nonimmigrant visa) lets an undocumented person remain in the U.S. if they are the victim of a crime. However, there are many requirements, including:
- The applicant must be a victim of a qualifying crime (which you can learn about below).
- The crime must have occurred within the U.S. or have violated U.S. law.
- The applicant must have suffered substantial harm due to the crime.
- The applicant must have information about the crime.
- The applicant must be helpful toward the authorities at every stage of their investigation.
- The applicant must be admissible to the U.S. or, if the applicant is inadmissible, they must apply for a waiver.
What Constitutes a Qualifying Crime?
Per U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), some crimes that may allow you to seek a U visa include:
- Domestic violence
- Rape and other forms of sexual assault
- Involuntary servitude
- Forced prostitution
There are many qualifying crimes. One of the immigration attorneys from our firm can explain whether the crime in your case qualifies you for a U visa.
For a free legal consultation with a u visas immigration lawyer serving Phoenix, call (623) 742-5400
How Does a U Visa Help You Get Permanent Residency?
If you can get a U visa, you can eventually get a Green Card and get your status converted to a permanent U.S. resident. However, to get a Green Card, you must maintain your status as a U visa holder for three years, live continuously within the U.S. during that period, and follow certain steps.
To get a U visa, you must file a certification of helpfulness. This document certifies that you helped law enforcement investigate the crime you experienced. The problem is that law enforcement has no obligation to help you with this document. This can make its submission difficult––but you don’t have to worry about it.
Your immigration attorney in Phoenix, AZ, can work with the appropriate authorities to get this form filled out. That way, you can focus on your personal well-being.
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What Will a Phoenix U Visas Immigration Attorney Do for Me?
Our firm provides many helpful services so our clients can achieve their goals, whether that’s temporary or permanent U.S. residency. Our attorneys can:
Help You Apply for a U Visa
Your attorney will evaluate your situation, ensure you meet the legal requirements, and then guide you through the processes of getting a U visa. This includes filling out paperwork, filing it appropriately, and even going back and forth with government officials.
Regardless of what your circumstances are, we understand that you’ve been through a traumatic experience. We want to do everything possible so you can get a U visa.
Help Your Family Apply for U Visas
You and your spouse, children, parents, and siblings could also apply for U visas and eventually achieve permanent residency. Our firm can help each of them apply.
Help You Apply for Permanent Residency
If you’ve been a U visa holder for three years now, your attorney can explain your Green Card eligibility. If you’re eligible, your attorney will help you apply for permanent residency.
Help You Prevent or Appeal a Denial
USCIS reports that more than 80 percent of people who apply for U visas get approved. Still, this process isn’t easy, and you may have to appeal a denial to get what you need. Our team can guide you through the appeals process. We can learn the reason for your application’s denial and take action.
Protect You Against Deportation
With a U visa (or even a pending application for a U visa), you’re protected against deportation. However, you’re not immune to deportation.
Once you have your U visa, if you’re ever being threatened with deportation, your attorney could protect you. You can contact your U visa attorney in Phoenix if you ever receive a deportation notice or if you ever believe you’re under threat of removal.
Our firm provides many other services to protect our clients. We can tell you about these services during a strategic session.
About Our U Visas Immigration Attorneys in Phoenix, AZ
The lawyers from our firm understand what you’re going through right now. Many of them have been through similar experiences. Our lawyers empathize with your situation and want to do everything possible to assist you. Since our lawyers understand immigration law, they know how to protect you, and they know a U visa can help.
Our lawyers have assisted many clients like you already, so they have the experience you’re looking for in a legal team. Many of these clients have written testimonials about how much they appreciate us.
You can expect your lawyer to do everything necessary to protect you. You deserve residence and security in the U.S., and your lawyer will fight hard for it.
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Contact a U Visas Immigration Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
You may have difficulty getting your U visa and status adjustment on your own. Yet, instead of worrying, you can connect with a lawyer from our firm. During a strategic session, we’ll go over your situation and help you move forward.
To speak with New Frontier Immigration Law, contact us today.