USCIS published the interim rule last month that establishes procedures for applicants
seeking U nonimmigrant status. The “U” classification offers protection
and temporary benefits to alien victims of certain crimes who assist government
officials in investigating or prosecuting the criminal activity.
Eligibility for the U nonimmigrant classification is set aside for victims of
qualifying criminal activity who suffered substantial mental or physical abuse
because of the activity, have information regarding the activity, and are willing
to assist government officials in the investigation of the crime. Additionally,
the crime must have violated U.S. law or occurred in the United States (including
its territories and possessions).
Individuals granted U nonimmigrant status may remain in the United States for
up to four years and may be accompanied by eligible family members.
The Cap Question:
A total of 10,000 U visas will be available each fiscal year to principal applicants
(the cap does not apply to eligible family members).