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Victims of Crime

Victims of Crime – If you have been the victim of a crime in the U.S. that caused you substantial harm, you have been abused by a spouse, partner, parent or child, or you were the victim of human trafficking, and you have cooperated or were willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the qualifying crime, you may be eligible for a U Visa, T Visa, or a VAWA Self-Petition.

 

U visa (Nonimmigrant Status for Crime Victims) – U Visas grant nonimmigrant status to victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial harm and are helpful in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity, so they can live and work in the U.S., and eventually apply for a green card. The I-918 U Visa petition is usually filed with an I-192 Waiver of Inadmissibility. One of the advantages of applying for a U visa is that the I-192 waiver is very broad, and allows many grounds of inadmissibility to be waived that could otherwise permanently bar admission to the U.S., adjustment of status, and/or naturalization. However, it is very important that ALL grounds of inadmissibility are included in the waiver, or you may have problems when you apply for your green card. I can help you find out if you are eligible for a U visa and help you properly prepare the U visa petition and inadmissibility waiver. I can also help you "adjust status" and apply for a green card.

 

T visa (Nonimmigrant Status for Human Trafficking Victims) – T Visas are similar to U visas. These visas grant nonimmigrant status to survivors of severe human trafficking (including forced labor) who have been helpful in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking, so they care able to live and work in the U.S., and eventually apply for a green card. The I-914 T Visa petition is usually filed with an I-192 Waiver of Inadmissibility. One of the advantages of applying for a T visa is that the I-192 waiver is very broad, and allows many grounds of inadmissibility to be waived that could otherwise permanently bar admission to the U.S., adjustment of status, and/or naturalization. However, it is very important that ALL grounds of inadmissibility are included in the waiver, or you may have problems when you apply for your green card. I can help you find out if you are eligible for a T visa and help you properly prepare the T visa petition and inadmissibility waiver. I can also help you "adjust status" and apply for a green card.

 

VAWA Self-Petition – Spouses (male, female and same-sex), children, and parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders) who have been abused by their USC/LPR parent, child, or spouse can apply for legal status on their own without the knowledge of their abuser. Survivors of domestic violence and victims of battery and extreme cruelty by a parent or child can obtain both safety and independence with the I-360 VAWA Self-Petition.

 

If you are thinking about filing a VAWA I-360 Self-Petition, it is very important that you talk to a lawyer who can help determine possible grounds of inadmissibility. Depending on your criminal and/or immigration history, and other factors, there may be a waiver available for grounds of inadmissibility that would otherwise make you ineligible. If your I-360 is denied, especially if the denial is for criminal convictions, you can be placed in removal (deportation) proceedings. I can help you find out if you are subject to any grounds of inadmissibility, decide whether to file an I-360, and help you prepare a well-supported petition, with the best possible chance of approval.

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