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Victims of Crime

The U.S. government recognizes the need to help victims of criminal activity. The government has set aside a limited number of visas for victims of certain crimes, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

  • U Visa/Status – Victims of Criminal Activity
    • An individual who has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of being a victim of a crime in the U.S. may qualify for U visa for himself /herself and his or her dependents. The individual must have been helpful with the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

      If living outside of the U.S., then the individual may still apply for this status and obtain a U visa for travel to and residence in the U.S.

      Individuals who obtain this status are eligible for work authorization. The status is approved for a temporary period after which the individual must apply for permanent residence.

  • Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”)
    • An individual who is a spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. Citizen or LPR who has been battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by that U.S. citizen or LPR may file a petition for lawful permanent resident status on their own. In some cases, VAWA-based permanent residence may be available even if the individual resides outside of the U.S.
  • T Status/Visa
    • An individual who is a victim of human trafficking may qualify for a T visa/status. This type of visa/status is for people who have been victims of forced labor or sex trafficking. The person must provide evidence of being the victim and provide assistance to law enforcement investigating or prosecuting acts of trafficking.

      In some cases, T status may be available even if the individual resides outside of the U.S.

      Individuals who obtain this status are eligible for work authorization. The status is approved for a temporary period after which the individual must apply for permanent residence.

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