According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the nation has allotted thousand special visas for those who have been the victims of crime and human trafficking. These visas have been authorized for the 2010 Fiscal Year. This is the first time that a maximum of 10,000 ‘U-visas’ has been reached since it began in 2008.
This non-immigrant visa is also known as the ‘U-visa’ and it was created under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2008. This visa caters to investigations in crime by aiding protection to the victims residing inside or outside the United States intending to cooperate.
For the Fiscal Year 2010, 10,000 petitions for this visa status has been approved by the USCIS. At the same time, as this fiscal year of 2010 comes to an end on 30th September, the next set of visas would only be issued in the next fiscal year. This process would resume again on 1st October 2010 for the Fiscal Year 2011.
The exact details pertaining to the ‘U-visas’ by nationalities have not been divulged into by the USCIS for reasons of privacy. However, the service confirmed of continuous approval of these petitions and putting the next set on the waiting list which would be allotted a visa in the next fiscal year. These approved petitioners along with their qualifying family members would be permitted to reside in the US legally. They can also request for an authorization to work.
A total of 6000 ‘U-visa’ petitions were approved for the fiscal year 2009 for people who were the victims of crime.