U Visa: Immigration Relief for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Crimes

As a national expert on U nonimmigrant status for immigrant victims of crime, the ILRC offers a comprehensive practice manual entitled, The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime, conducts numerous live and webinar trainings, supports policy advocacy, and provides technical assistance to immigration practitioners on individual cases.


New California Law Ensures All Immigrant Crime Victims in California Can Access the U Visa

SB 674 is a new California law that took effect on January 1, 2016. The goal of this law is to ensure that all immigrant crime victims in California have equal access to immigration status through the U visa.

U Visa Database of Law Enforcement Certifiers and Travel/Consulate Information

Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) administers a database of information sourced from more than 700 advocates nationwide with helpful information about law enforcement agencies who certify victim helpfulness for U cases and consulates abroad who issue U visas. The database includes information on who the U certifying officers are and where to send the requests, as well as the most updated policies and practices, nationwide. The goal is to update information on every state and federal agency, whether they do or don’t sign certifications. The database also includes information about consulates’ and embassies’ practices in processing U visa cases. These are both critical resources to any organization or office with a U visa caseload.

For more information on these and other U-related databases that ICWC administers, go to http://icwclaw.org/services-available/icwc-u-travel-and-certifier-database/. If you’re new to using Zoho databases (the platform for ICWC’s databases), watch the helpful video below.

USCIS Q&A Notes from 2012 Memphis FBA Conference

These notes were taken at the May 18-19, 2012 conference and contain lots of important practice questions, updates and filing tips for U visa cases.

US Department of State: “Visas for Victims of Criminal Activity”

This page from DOS provides information on how to apply for a U nonimmigrant visa, the required documents and fees, visa ineligibility and more.


USCIS: “Consular Processing for Overseas Derivative T & U Nonimmigrant Status Family Members: Questions and Answers”

This Q&A fact sheet from USCIS provides information on making the appointment and preparing for the interview for U nonimmigrants who need to consular process.


Pro Se Manual for U Applicants in Detention (English & Spanish versions)

This 77-page guide contains checklists, step-by-step help and sample materials for detained pro so applicants (those without lawyers) who are representing themselves in filing a U visa application. It was produced by the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic of Stanford Law School on behalf of Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, California.

Policy Memorandum on Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members

June 22, 2010 USCIS Policy Memorandum: Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members Using the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539); Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM), New Chapter 39.1(g)(2)(i) (AFM Update AD10-08)

Policy Memorandum on Extension of Status for T & U Nonimmigrants

April 19, 2011 USCIS Policy Memorandum: Extension of Status for T and U Nonimmigrants; Revisions to Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 39.1(g)(3) and Chapter 39.2(g)(3) (AFM Update AD11-28)

Department of Labor U Visa Process and Protocols Q & A

What are U Visas? U Nonimmigrant Visas were created by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000. Victims of qualifying criminal activities who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse may apply for a U Visa if they are willing to assist law enforcement or other government officials in the investigation or prosecution of those crimes.