Life can throw many obstacles in our way, but there is always a silver lining! Our immigration laws have taken into account the trials and tribulations that plague our vulnerable immigrant community. Sadly, many undocumented members in our community do not report criminal activity to the police for fear of being reported to ICE. As an incentive to report crime, immigration law provides visas for those who have been victims of crimes and/or have been victims of human trafficking. At Hamilton Law we pride ourselves with helping victims find a silver lining, call our office to see if you are eligible as a victim of crime or human trafficking.
Victims of crime who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of their victimization may be eligible for U nonimmigrant status. This status allows the victim to remain in the United States to assist in the investigation of the crime. Once granted, the visa is valid for four years, and at the end of the third year in U nonimmigrant status the person may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. Check USCIS to see if you have been a victim of a qualifying crime and possibly be eligible for a U visa.
Victims of sex or labor trafficking may be eligible for T nonimmigrant status. This visa allows the victim to remain in the United States for four years and assist in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. At the end of the third year, the victim may be eligible to apply for permanent residence.
Battered Spouse, Children & Parents
If you or your child have been a victim of domestic violence at the hand of your U.S. Citizen or permanent resident spouse, you may be eligible for an immigrant visa petition. If you are currently still living with your abuser and are in need of shelter, mental health care, legal advice and other types of assistance, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD).