Victim of Crimes

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Victims of crimes could receive permanent residence in the U.S. (Green card) based on categories such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U visa, T visa, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) applicants. Below, we provide a concise overview of these critical visa categories along with their prerequisites:

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Visa

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) visa underscores our commitment to safeguarding victims of domestic violence, abuse, and qualifying crimes. This inclusive visa category extends its protection to individuals of all genders and ages who have endured mistreatment at the hands of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, parent, or adult child.

Requirements:

  • Verification of the qualifying relationship to the abuser (spouse, parent, or adult child)
  • Substantiation of abuse or extreme cruelty suffered
  • Demonstration of good moral character
  • Establishment of shared residency with the abuser within the United States
  • Potential eligibility for VAWA benefits extension to certain children of VAWA self-petitioners

U Visa

The U visa serves as a lifeline for victims of specified crimes, offering solace to those who have undergone physical or mental anguish and are willing to collaborate with law enforcement or government authorities in the pursuit of justice.

Requirements:

  • Identification as a victim of a qualifying criminal activity (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking)
  • Endurance of significant physical or mental abuse due to the crime
  • Possession of credible and reliable information pertinent to the criminal activity
  • Eagerness to aid law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting the criminal incident

T Visa

For survivors ensnared in the clutches of human trafficking, the T visa represents a chance at liberation. Reserved for those subjected to severe forms of trafficking, this visa type offers an avenue to remain in the U.S. and rebuild their lives.

Requirements:

  • Status as a victim of severe trafficking
  • Presence in the United States as a direct result of human trafficking
  • Willingness to cooperate with law enforcement in pursuing legal action against the traffickers

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Visa

The SIJS visa is designed for unmarried immigrants under 21 years of age who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents.

Requirements:

  • Issuance of a court order establishing dependency due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment
  • Demonstration of the child’s best interests to remain in the United States

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