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U Visa Attorneys in Oakland

Protecting Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crime

Nobody wants to be deported from the United States, especially people with family in the country. If you are legally eligible for a U visa, obtaining one can be a way to avoid deportation. You can also file for work authorization with the U-visa. It is also a way for undocumented people to apply for legal immigration documents for the first time.


If you are an immigrant who was a victim of a qualifying crime, contact Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. online or call (510) 756-4468. Our Oakland U-Visa Lawyer can protect you! Se habla Español.


What is a U-Visa?

A U visa is specifically for non-U.S. citizens who have been hurt in a crime.

How to Qualify for a U Visa

There are four requirements to qualify for a U visa, including:

  • You were a victim of a qualifying serious crime.
  • You were helpful in the police investigation and the prosecution of the crime.
  • You suffered severe emotional or physical abuse in conjunction with the crime.
  • You must be “admissible,” which means you cannot have a serious criminal history or a history of immigration violations (unless you are eligible for a “waiver” of your grounds of inadmissibility).

Types of Qualifying Crimes for U-Visa

The applicant must have been the victim of specific qualifying criminal activity, which can be found in INA 101§(a)(15)(iii). The applicant must have been the victim of “rape; torture; trafficking; incest; domestic violence; sexual assault; abusive sexual contact; prostitution; sexual exploitation; stalking; female genital mutilation; being held hostage; peonage; involuntary servitude; slave trade; kidnapping; abduction; unlawful criminal restraint; false imprisonment; blackmail; extortion; manslaughter; murder; felonious assault; witness tampering; obstruction of justice; perjury; or fraud in foreign labor contracting.”


Need help applying for a U-visa? Contact Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. online or call (510) 756-4468 for a free initial consultation. Our U visa attorneys in Oakland are happy to help!


What is the U-Visa Application Process?

You can file for a U-visa from within the United States, or abroad. There are two distinct applications involved in a U-visa filing (if you are abroad, there will be additional applications).

Application for a U-Visa

The first application is the actual application for a U-visa. Through this, the applicant submits evidence that they were the victim of qualifying criminal activity, and also how they have suffered physically or mentally because of the criminal activity.

An applicant must also include a ‘certification’ from law enforcement (the police, a prosecutor, or judge, or in the case of employment-related crimes, an appropriate labor entity). The agency will certify that you were, in fact, the victim of qualifying criminal activity and that you were helpful or are likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. In certain situations, being helpful can be as simple as filing a police report.

Application For Waivers

One of the most significant benefits to the U-visa is that an applicant can ask for a waiver for almost any ground of inadmissibility, including prior deportation orders, unlawful entries, smuggling, and having worked without permission.

Can I Include Family Members in my U-Visa Application?

Yes, if you are under 21, you can include your spouse, children, parents, and unmarried siblings under 18. If you are over 21, you can include your spouse and children (under 21).

You cannot include anyone who was the aggressor or perpetrator of the qualifying criminal activity. For example, if you were the victim of domestic violence at the hands of your husband, you cannot include him in the U-visa application.


Call (510) 756-4468 for a free consultation with experienced Oakland U-Visa attorneys!
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Lawful Permanent Residency and U Visas

U-visas are issued for four years. After three years, you can file for your lawful permanent residency. You should file for your residency after the 3rd anniversary of your U-visa, but before the U-visa expires.

If you have been the victim of a crime and would like information about the U-visa, please contact an immigration attorney who is trustworthy and knowledgeable! Our immigration attorneys at Landerholm Immigration, APC, have experience with U-visa and VAWA applications. Please feel free to call us at (510) 756-4468 to see how we can help!

Helping Crime Victims Obtain Visas

At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., our Oakland immigration attorneys help people obtain documentation and avoid removal from the United States.

We may be able to help you if you can answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  • Since arriving in the United States, have you or anyone in your family been a victim of domestic violence or abuse that you reported to the police?
  • Have you been in a witness assistance program?
  • Were you or anyone in your family hurt in a drug-related or gang-related crime?
  • Were you or anyone in your family ever the victim of sexual assault, rape, or other abuse?
  • Were you or anyone in your family ever severely victimized by your employer who failed or refused to pay you for your work?

Every situation is different. Seek the advice of a lawyer if you have questions about visas or Green Cards.

If you are searching for an Oakland U-visa attorney, our firm can help you. Our attorneys serve clients throughout Northern California, the United States, and the world.


Contact us now at (510) 756-4468. Call to set up a consultation with our Oakland U Visa attorneys.

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