Help from a Miami U Visa Lawyer
Pozo Goldstein, LLP, a premier Miami immigration law firm, regularly assists clients in navigating the complex world of immigration law. Today, we’ll be discussing one area that we excel in – U Visas. Below we’ll explain what this visa type is, who qualifies for it, and how Pozo Goldstein, LLP can assist you in your application process.
What is a U Visa?
The U Visa is a nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. This immigration relief was introduced as a part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act in October 2000. The goal of the U Visa is to foster cooperation between law enforcement and individuals who have been victims of crime, while also offering protection to those individuals.
Who is Eligible for a U Visa?
The eligibility for a U Visa is not just limited to the victim of a crime. Certain family members, like the spouse, children, or (in certain cases) the parents and siblings, can also apply for a derivative U Visa.
The following criteria must be met for U Visa eligibility:
- You must have been the victim of a qualifying criminal activity.
- You must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime.
- You have information concerning that criminal activity.
- You are helpful, or were helpful, or are likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
- The crime occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws.
- You are admissible to the United States.
Even if you are inadmissible, you may apply for a waiver on a Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.
How Can Pozo Goldstein, LLP Help?
Navigating U Visa requirements and the application process can be challenging. That’s where the dedicated team of experienced attorneys at Pozo Goldstein, LLP comes in. We can help guide you through the process, providing valuable insight and assistance at every step.
Our team includes former immigration prosecutors and a former judge, with a combined experience in immigration law of over 90 years. Our knowledgeable attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the laws surrounding U Visas, and have successfully represented numerous clients in their U Visa applications.
As each individual’s case is unique, we offer personalized services tailored to your specific circumstances. From the initial consultation, through the filing of the U Visa petition, to the ultimate resolution of your case, we will work tirelessly to help you.
The U Visa Application Process
The U Visa application process involves several steps, and the importance of accuracy in each of these cannot be overstated. These steps generally include:
- Filing of Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status.
- Submitting Form I-918, Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification, which must be certified by an authorized official of the agency that conducted the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
- If inadmissible, you must file a Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.
- Submitting a personal statement describing the criminal activity.
- Providing evidence to show each eligibility requirement.
The role of a skilled attorney in this process is vital. The legal team at Pozo Goldstein, LLP has extensive experience dealing with these applications and knows what the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is looking for in a successful U Visa application.
Trust Our Miami U Visa Lawyer with Your U Visa Application
The process of applying for a U Visa in Miami can seem daunting, but you don’t have to navigate this path alone. By partnering with Pozo Goldstein, LLP, you benefit from a team of seasoned attorneys who will support you every step of the way.
Our law firm not only provides legal services but also gives you the assurance that someone is on your side, fighting for your rights and your future. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance with a U Visa application or any other immigration-related matter, do not hesitate to contact Pozo Goldstein, LLP.
Remember, the key to successfully navigating the complexities of immigration law is securing representation that is experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to your cause. You’ll find all of that and more at Pozo Goldstein, LLP. Contact us today at (305) 856-0400 for a free in-office consultation.