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Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: The U Visa Manual

New York Anti-Trafficking Network Legal Subcommittee

The U visa provides legal status to victims of certain serious crimes who have suffered substantial physical or mental harm and can document cooperation with law enforcement. If favorably adjudicated, the U visa grants permission to remain and work in the U.S. for up to four years, and allows beneficiaries to eventually apply for permanent resident status.

As described by its authors, this manual aims to provide guidance to lawyers on issues that arise in the context of representing U visa applicants.

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