Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Applaud The Continued Approval of U Visas

For many individuals, the U-1 nonimmigrant visa (“U visa”) provides an alternative way to remain legally in the United States.  These special visas allow an individual to remain in the country if that individual is willing to assist law enforcement investigate or prosecute certain crimes.  To obtain a U visa, a person must have been the victim of a listed crime, suffered significant physical or mental abuse due to the crime, and have information that will assist law enforcement investigate or prosecute the crime.  Victims of over 30 crimes, including sexual assault, kidnapping, blackmail, domestic violence or torture, may be eligible for U visas.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been issuing U visas since 2008.  Almost 90,000 crime victims and their families already have received U visas in the United States.  Under current laws, USCIS may only issue a maximum of 10,000 U visas per year.  We are pleased to report that USCIS has approved the issuance of the maximum amount for the fiscal year 2014.  Although there are no U visas available for this year, the USCIS will begin issuing U visas on October 1, 2014, the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year.

Applying for a U visa for either yourself or a family member is a complex process that requires legal assistance.  The experienced Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. can assist you in applying for a U visa.  The U visa is only one way to obtain legal status to remain in the United States.  Our dedicated Philadelphia citizenship attorneys can also work with you or your loved one who may be eligible for family visas, business visas, or employment/work visas.  We are conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia and handle all types of immigration and citizenship matters.  To schedule a confidential consultation, call our office today at (215) 925-4435 or contact us online.

Nonprofit Organization Profiles Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer

Philadelphia immigration lawyer, Thomas M. Griffin, partner at Philadelphia’s immigration law firm of Surin & Griffin, P.C., was recently featured in Optical Realities by photojournalist Linda Panetta.  Optical Realities is a non-profit organization that uses photojournalism and educational programs to increase public awareness and encourage peace and justice throughout the world.  The group specifically advocates for poverty stricken and war-torn areas of the world to fight for economic and social freedom.

Mr. Griffin focuses a large part of his humanitarian efforts on the country of Haiti.  He has appeared before Congress as an expert on Haiti.  Optical Realities’ complete guest profile of Thomas M. Griffin, Esq. can be found here.

Surin & Griffin, P.C. is a Philadelphia immigration law firm helping clients with immigration, citizenship and nationality law issues.  If you need help with an immigration issue, call us today at (215) 925-4435 or contact us online.