U Visa for Undocumented Persons
who are Victims of Qualifying Crimes
Under federal law, certain undocumented crime
victims who cooperate with law enforcement are eligible to apply for
a “U nonimmigrant visa” (U Visa) that allows temporary legal status
and work eligibility in the United States for up to four years.
The law applies only to persons who have
suffered “substantial physical or mental abuse” as a victim of
certain designated crimes, including domestic violence and sexual
To qualify, applicants must obtain
certification from a local, state or federal law enforcement agency
documenting their cooperation in the investigation and/or
prosecution of a designated crime. The District Attorney’s Office
will only accept applications once the criminal case has been
It is recommended that applicants seek legal
assistance to process the U Visa. For a list of local agencies that
can assist victims in applying for a U Visa,
please click here.
For the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s
Special Directive on U Visa Certification,
Please read our Privacy
12 Mar 2012
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