Help for crime victims
A Humanitarian Purpose
The U-Visa may be available to you even if you aren't eligible for other options.
The government created the U-Visa program in 2000 to protect undocumented immigrants and stop the criminals who target them.
The immediate family members of U-Visa recipients also receive visas. 10,000 U-Visas are given out every year, not including the ones that go to families.
Many people can't apply for other visas because they've committed certain crimes or been here illegally. Those restrictions don't apply to the U-Visa.
U-Visa recipients get work permits automatically. After 3 years, they can apply for their permanent resident card.