An immigrant who has been the victim of a violent crime in the United States may be eligible to file a petition for a U-Visa. The client must prove:
- They have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as the direct or indirect victim of a crime.
- They possess information concerning that criminal activity; they have been helpful, are being helpful, or are likely to help in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
- They have a certification from a law enforcement authority certifying their aid in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
- The criminal activity was a violent crime that occurred in the United States and violated U.S. law.