The U-Visa provides a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants who are, 1. victims of certain qualifying crimes and, 2. are helpful to law enforcement in the detection or investigation of that crime. This visa is a useful tool for immigrants, law enforcement, and our communities. We are all better off when domestic abusers and others who commit similar crimes are arrested and prosecuted.
There is a cap on how many U-Visas can be granted in a fiscal year, and that cap has already been reached for FY2014. That means that no new U-Visas will be granted until October 1, 2014. It’s possible that the government may try and remedy this problem by issuing temporary “deferred action” employment authorization cards, but this is not a certainty.
Please take a moment to contact your elected representative in Washington D.C. to ask that they introduce legislation to lift the cap on U-Visas.