Victims of crimes in the U.S. may be eligible to stay in the U.S. with the help of Peek & Toland in Austin
Peek & Toland offers comprehensive immigration representation for those who are victims of crimes in the U.S. who now wish to seek a U visa, or victim visa. In some instances, individuals who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of a crime that occurred in the U.S. may be eligible for a visa that would allow those victims to stay in the U.S. If you believe you may be eligible for a U visa or you would like to consult with an attorney to determine your eligibility, please contact our office.
U-Visa: Victim Visa
U visas are temporary visas provided to victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse. Qualifying for a U visa requires the victim to provide to law enforcement and government officials with assistance in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity that lead to victim’s abuse.
To be eligible for a U visa, the victim must show:
- He or she has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as result of being a victim of a qualifying crime,
- He or she has information concerning the criminal activity,
- He or she has been helpful, will likely be helpful or is being helpful in the investigation and prosecution of the crime, and
- The criminal activity resulting in the victim’s abuse was in violation of U.S. law.
Criminal activity is defined as activities that violates U.S. criminal law and includes the following activities: