Share

August 26, 2012 - USCIS Reaches U Visa Cap Fiscal Year 2012

Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced had reached the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status or the U-visa as it is commonly called.  This is the third year in a row that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U-visas are available for victims of crime who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. A U visa petition requires law enforcement certification of assistance in the investigation or prosecution of crimes.

 The U visa program was created by Congress to strengthen the law enforcement community’s ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes while at the same time offering protection to victims. More than 61,000 victims and their family members have received U-visas since the implementation of this program in 2008.

 USCIS will continue to accept new petitions as they are received until the end of the current fiscal year, and will resume issuing U visas on Oct. 1, 2012, the first day of fiscal year 2013 when new visas are available.

 For more information about the U visa visit the USCIS website.



Back to Articles

The Law Office of Renee J. Tello, PLLC serves clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Westchester.



© 2017 The Law Office of Renee J. Tello, PLLC | Disclaimers
229-10 Merrick Boulevard, Queens, NY 11413
| Phone: (718) 978-9000

Bankruptcy Act of 2005 | Family Law | Residential Real Estate | Civil Litigation | Traffic Violations | Business Law | Estate Planning with Wills | Business Immigration | Family Immigration | I-9 Compliance Assistance | Pemanent Residence/Green Cards | Naturalization/Citizenship | Removal/Deportation Defense | Legal News | Testimonials | About Us | Attorney Profile | Resources | Community Corner | Client Forms

Attorney Website Design by
Amicus Creative


© The Law Office of Renee J. Tello, PLLC | Disclaimer | Attorney Advertising | Law Firm Website Design by Zola Creative