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What is a U Visa?

A U Visa is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. These crimes have to take place in the United States, U.S. Territories, or military base. The crimes include but are not limited to rape, trafficking, domestic violence, kidnapping, false imprisonment, blackmail, etc.

During the application process you must prove that you are a victim of one of the U Visa Crimes, it took place in the U.S., U.S. territories or on a U.S. military base. You must also prove information about the crime and prove that you were or are being helpful during the criminal investigation or prosecution of that crime. In addition to the information above one must show that you suffered substantial physical or mental harm, none of the grounds of inadmissibility applies to you and if they do apply to you must ask for a “waiver”.

There is one downside to a U Visa application is that it takes years to process. Therefore, depending on the case some lawyers may suggest a different route.

The Law Office of Travis Helm is here to help light the path out of the shadows and into a more stable and safer environment. Call us today at 307-460-2032 to see if you would be able to file a U Visa.

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