The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) was created 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.
If you are successful with your U-Visa application, you will get a work permit (“Employment Authorization Document”) and the ability to apply for lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) after three years. After five years as a lawful permanent resident, you can apply for citizenship (naturalization) if you meet all of the other citizenship requirements.
Please note that just because you were a victim of one crime, it does not mean that you will automatically qualify. If you were a victim of a crime, please contact us for an initial consultation to evaluate your case.