The U Visa was created to protect victims of certain crimes who help authorities bring the perpetrator to justice. It can be scary for undocumented immigrants to come forward and cooperate with police or prosecutors. However, the U Visa gives them the opportunity to both help society as well as protect themselves from deportation.
The basic requirements for obtaining a U Visa are:
1. You must be the victim of one of these types of crimes:
2. You have to cooperate with the police or prosecutor. That means you should report the crime, answer questions that the detective asks, return calls you receive, let them know if you change your number, and go to court to testify if asked to.
3. The police or prosecutor has to sign a certification that you helped them.
4. You have to show that you suffered because you were a victim. Suffering can be a physical injury OR emotional suffering.
There are other requirements also that some immigrants cannot meet. However, there is a waiver available to immigrants who apply for U Visas. This waiver can forgive you for illegal entries, being undocumented, and some crimes.