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The U Visa is a nonimmigrant visa which is set aside for victims of crimes (and their immediate family members) who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. If you have been the victim of a crime, or an immediate family member has been the victim of a crime, and a police report has been filed with the local authorities, you may be eligible for a U Visa application.
To learn more, contact the Tampa Bay U Visa attorneys at K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. We represent clients throughout Florida and from across the United States in a variety of immigration law matters. We are prepared to help you fully understand all of your legal rights and options afforded to you by U.S. law.
How to Apply for a U Visa
The first step in the U Visa application process is known as “certification,” which requires a law enforcement officer in the appropriate jurisdiction to certify that a crime did take place, and that you—as the victim—were helpful in the investigation. After certification, you may be eligible to file an application for a U Visa.
Once certified, to apply for a U Visa, you will need to do the following:
- Submit the completed Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status
- With your completed Form I-918, submit evidence of eligibility:
- Complete a personal statement regarding the crime and how it has affected you
- Submit official certification by having an authorized law enforcement official sign the Form I-918 Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification
Our Tampa Bay U Visa attorneys can assist you in this process. Our team is experienced in working with local law enforcement in order to establish your eligibility and secure certification on your behalf. We can also assist you with the application itself and ensure that there are no errors, which could result in costly delays and application denial.
Reach out to us today for a consultation. Call (727) 939-6113 to get started. We also represent clients in Tampa Bay.