We just learned that an Orange County client living in Westminster was approved for a U visa based on the domestic violence she suffered from her long-time boyfriend. The couple lived together for three years in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. He abused her verbally and physically. He often choked her and threw her to the ground. Neither of them had a green card.
Finally, she overcame her fears of reporting the crime to the police, and she had him arrested. She helped the police and district attorney’s office investigate and prosecute the man, and he was convicted in 2008.
If an alien is the victim of specific crimes including blackmail, abusive sexual contact, involuntary servitude, rape, sexual assault, torture, perjury, prostitution, felony assault, domestic violence, kidnapping, murder, manslaughter, or false imprisonment among other things, s/he may be eligible for a U visa. The victim must show that s/he experienced physical or emotional injury as a result, and the victim must cooperate with law enforcement or the prosecution in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
If the individual is approved for the U visa, s/he will be granted residence status and work authorization for four years. After three years of residence, the U visa holder can apply for permanent residency and acquire his/her green card.
If you have been the victim of a crime, contact The Nunez Firm to discuss your case more fully. The Nunez Firm can help you better understand your options and whether the U visa is a possibility for you. We offer free and confidential consultations.