U-visas are an important tool for many immigrant victims of crime as a way to help them obtain legal immigration status. For some, a U-visa can offer an opportunity to potentially pursue permanent residency or citizenship in the future. But what are U-visas, and how do you become eligible to obtain one?
When an immigrant comes to the United States for work or family purposes, they must have an appropriate visa. Without this visa or other immigration documentation, they are at risk of immigration consequences, potentially leading to deportation proceedings and removal back to their country of origin. Here are five of the most common ways that immigrants have their visas revoked, potentially resulting in the risk of removal:
United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will be creating a program to allow people with U Visas to more easily apply for work permits. This program will enable U Visa holders to legally work in the United States, allowing them to sustain themselves while in the country. It will also help to protect U Visa holders from exploitation, which is significant because they are among the most vulnerable members of the immigrant population. Continue reading “USCIS Set to Grant Work Permits to U Visa Holders”
United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted a new immigrant visa priority system that will affect how immigrant visas are processed. This new system is intended to help sort through a backlog of immigrant visa applications, which has grown to an extraordinary size due to COVID-19. It is also meant to help those who have been most negatively impacted by the immigration backlog, by ensuring their visa applications are processed more quickly. Continue reading “USCIS Institutes New Immigrant Visa Priority System”
American consulates around the world have once again begun issuing H-1B visas, as well as other visas, which will permit people to legally work in the United States. A ban was placed on these visas being issued during the coronavirus pandemic, which was meant to curtail the spread of the virus and limit the economic impact on American workers. By resuming the issuing of these visas, however, more people will be able to seek employment with American companies. Continue reading “U.S. Resumes Issuing Visas for Foreign Workers”