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U Visas Lawyer in New Orleans

Offering Safety to Those Facing More Serious Proceedings

There are many different reasons for extending a person’s legal status in the United States. Those entering to avoid danger or to participate in criminal proceedings can apply for U Visas that help them stay in the country longer. With over 15 years of proven legal performance, our New Orleans lawyer at Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC is here to help you find the path to immigration. Call today to schedule your initial consultation.

Dial (504) 784-6803 now or contact Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC online to get started.

Who Can Apply?

U Visas are meant to provide foreign nationals with protection from threats and harm. There may also be circumstances that require them to stay in the country longer.

Foreign nationals will qualify for U Visas if:

  • They are the victims of a violent crime
  • Have information about the criminal activity
  • Cooperate with law enforcement in the criminal investigation
  • Suffer substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime.
  • The crime took place in the united states

Law enforcement or other government officials must certify that the victim was cooperative with the investigation before a person can apply, but officials can refuse to certify for any reason. There is also a much higher demand for U Visas than there are visas available, resulting in long backlogs. Persons granted U status may apply for permanent residence (Green Card) after three years.

U Visa Path to Citizenship

When you have been present in the United States for three years after receiving a U visa, you may be able to get a green card by adjusting your status to “permanent resident”. After being a permanent resident for four years and nine months, you can apply for naturalization.

Inadmissible to the United States

Persons who are eligible for U Visas but are otherwise not admissible to the United States (meaning they have committed criminal offense or immigration violations) may apply for a waiver of inadmissibility at the time they file for U status. Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC can provide you with the information you need to apply successfully.

Call (504) 784-6803 now and get started with your case.

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