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U-Visas

Caudle & Leiva has helped victims of crime obtain their green card as a result of tragic events they have suffered. We understand that the immigrant community, as a result of their undocumented status, is more susceptible to crime because many times they do not report the crimes out of fear of coming under the scrutiny of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). We have helped individuals who have suffered violent crimes themselves or whose immediate family members have been victims of crimes in solving their and their families’ immigration situation by attaining status as a U-Visa Recipient. If you or your family member have been a victim of a crime and have cooperated with the police, contact our office to schedule a case evaluation regarding your case.

Individuals who have suffered substantial mental or physical injury as victims of crime in the United States may qualify to remain temporarily in the country to assist law enforcement and provide testimony against the perpetrator. The U-Visa gives the individual temporary legal status and makes him or her eligible to work while in the U.S. for up to four years. After three years, the U-Visa holder can apply for lawful permanent residence.

The candidate must have suffered physical or mental abuse due to the crime that he or she has experienced or witnessed, including (but not limited to):

Domestic violence
Extortion
Kidnapping
Trafficking
Rape and other sex crimes
Witness tampering
Hostage situations
False imprisonment
Felonious assault
Prostitution
Perjury
Obstruction of justice
Murder or manslaughter
Solicitation to commit a crime

A critical part of the U-Visa application is obtaining certification from either the police or a prosecutor that the applicant assisted law enforcement. Our law office can assist in obtaining the proper certifications required.