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Did USCIS drop the ball on U-visas?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2022 | Immigration

Were you a victim of a serious crime while staying in the United States? You may qualify to receive a U-visa. A great many complaints have been filed against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for alleged incompetence. These issues center around the agency’s poor handling of U-visas.

Do you need to get a U-visa?

Many people have managed to get into the United States via a standard process of immigration. Others have stayed in the country for extended periods of time with the aid of special visas.

The U-visa program is designed to allow victims of serious crimes to remain in the United States while the crime is being investigated. You can also qualify to receive a U-visa if you are helping to prosecute the crime in question. Many complaints have been filed alleging that the process has been mismanaged.

There has been a waiting list in place since 2010. The program underwent an official review between 2017 and 2020. Several measures have been put in place since then to give the program an overhaul.

What to do if you are affected

Are you still waiting to receive your U-visa? Without a visa, you can’t legally remain in the country. There are several steps that you can take in order to remedy this situation and get the visa you are eligible for.

Your best bet will be to get in touch with the USCIS to learn more. They have created a special Bona Fide Determination in order to expedite U-visa processing. This may result in a less complicated experience to get you through the system and receive your visa.