Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking in Charlotte
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If you have been the victim of a certain crime you may be eligible for a U visa. The United States government may grant up to 10,000 foreign nationals who have been victims of certain crimes with U nonimmigrant status. The U visa is not available to all victims of crimes. It is important to discuss with an experienced attorney to inquire whether the crimes that you were a victim of rise to the seriousness required under the law. Additionally, U visa eligibility may depend on the practice of local law enforcement.
A current list of qualifying crimes for a U visa includes:
- Sexual Assault/Abusive Sexual Contact/Sexual Exploitation/Rape
- Involuntary Servitude
- Kidnapping/False Imprisonment/Hostage/Unlawful Criminal Restraint
- Slave Trade/Trafficking/Prostitution/Female Genital Mutilation
- Witness Tampering
- Felonious Assault
- Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
- Other Related Crimes
A crime that is not specifically listed above may still qualify. Therefore, even if you do not see the crime of which you were a victim listed above it is invaluable to have an experienced Charlotte U visa attorney evaluate your case for eligibility. You must have also suffered substantial physical or mental abuse. The victim must have also been helpful or is likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation/prosecution of the crime.
If you qualify for a U visa your spouse and children may apply for derivative status. A parent or unmarried sibling under 18 years of age may also seek derivative status if the principal victim is under 21 years of age.
Attorney Ashley Lively can evaluate whether you are eligible for a U visa and work with local law enforcement to obtain the necessary documentation to submit your U visa application with USCIS.
To learn more about how we can help, call Lively Law Firm at (980) 332-2225 today.