U Visa

A U visa may be granted to certain immigrants who have survived abusive crimes inside the U.S. These visas are available to persons who  have been survivors of: rape; torture; trafficking; incest; domestic violence; sexual assault; abusive sexual contact; prostitution; sexual exploitation; female genital mutilation; being held hostage; peonage; involuntary servitude; slave trade; kidnapping; abduction; unlawful criminal restraint; false imprisonment; blackmail; extortion; manslaughter; murder; felonious assault; witness tampering; obstruction of justice; perjury; or attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above mentioned crimes; possess information concerning these crimes; is helpful in providing such information; and the crimes violated the laws of the U.S. or occurred inside the U.S. or U.S. territory. For more information on the U visa and on how to apply, please consult www.uscis.gov.


The information contained herein is for reference only and may not be up to date. It does not constitute legal advice. You should always consult an attorney regarding your matter.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases.

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