U Visa Law

[Statute] Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (PL 106–386, 114 Stat 1464)

This is the full text of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA), including Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), and Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (VAWA). The Congress's findings and purpose of the statute is stated in Section 1502. The VAWA was reauthorized in 2013. (Public Law 113-4). 

[Statute] Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013)

VAWA 2013 is built upon the overarching goals of the initial 1994 VAWA and its subsequent 2000 and 2005 reauthorizations to provide and improve advocacy, services, and support for all victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking – crimes that primarily impact women, in addition to too many children and some men. Of historical significance is language in VAWA 2013 that recognizes: (1) the inherent authority of Tribal law enforcement and Courts to protect Tribal communities against non-Tribal individuals who commit domestic or dating violence, or violate an order of protection; and (2) the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to access VAWA protections and services without discrimination.

[Regulation] New Classification for Victims of Criminal Activity; Eligibility for ‘‘U’’ Nonimmigrant Status (PDF)

This rule outlines the eligibility and application requirements for the U nonimmigrant classification and the benefits and limitations relating to those granted U nonimmigrant status.

[Regulation] Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident for Aliens in T or U Nonimmigrant Status (PDF)

This rule implements the VTVPA to a U Visa holder to apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident.

[Agency Manual] Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 41.85 Victims of Criminal Activity (PDF)

This manual lists U Visa related statutory provisions as codified.

[Agency Manual] Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 41.85 Notes (PDF)


[Agency Guidance] Adjudicating Stay Requests Filed by U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa) Applicants (PDF)

[Agency Guidance] Prosecutorial Discretion- Certain Victims, Witnesses, and Plaintiffs (PDF)

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