One Nov. 1, 2012, the USCIS granted a rather special and unique U-1 nonimmigrant status to a Lin & Valdez client. This case is rather challenging and both our client and our staff are tremendously ecstatic receiving the approval.
U visa is a special status that is designed to provide temporary immigration benefits to aliens who are victims of qualifying criminal activity, and to their qualifying family members, as appropriate. Each year only 10,000 U visas may be issued. Family members may also be included on the petition including spouses, children, unmarried sisters and brothers under 18, mothers, fathers, as well as stepparents and adoptive parents. An approved U visa petition will automatically grant the applicant work eligibility in the United States. People with U visa can apply for green card after 3-year physical presence under the visa in the US.
In our application, we contacted the District Attorney’s office for this specific case and received the certification from the DA’s office proving our client’s victim status in the crime and the assistance they provided to the law enforcement effort. The case was filed in December of 2011. While no Request for Evidence was issued by the USCIS, it takes almost a year for our client to finally receive the approval.
Attorneys at Lin & Valdez have represented hundreds of aliens in all kinds of proceedings in asylum office and immigration court. We represent clients in all immigration courts of Texas and Louisiana. We have also represented clients in immigration courts in Michigan, California, etc. Our attorneys have also represented clients in various levels of appeal and obtained tremendous success in the appeals. Please contact us immediately if you need representation in immigration court and in BIA or other appealing proceeding. As we have always said, the help you need is just a click away!