U Visa Bona Fide Determination: The Benefits and What to Keep in Mind

U Visa Bona Fide Determination

Were you a survivor of a crime in the United States and considering applying for a U Visa? Are you unclear as to whether or not this is the right path for you? If you answered “yes” to those questions, there are multiple benefits to applying for a U Visa. Here at the Rijal Law Firm, we have helped so many through the U Visa Bona Fide Determination process. 

During a free case evaluation, we can let you know whether or not this is the right choice for you. Then, we can help you to immigrate to the United States in the best manner for you. 

You Get Benefits Just for Applying 


For starters, ICE (the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is directed not to take enforcement action against noncitizens who have applied for a U Visa. This comes from a 2021 directive. ICE is then to wait on enforcement decisions, specifically waiting until USCIS has made a final determination of your U Visa application. 

Additionally, depending on which state you’re in, just with a pending U Visa, you may become eligible for particular public benefits. Healthcare, food stamps, and more – yes, some states (such as California) may offer more than others. But, if you meet program eligibility requirements, you may be able to receive these benefits. 

Beyond that, you can also include particular family members in your application as well. Should they be added and approved, they’ll have access to the same benefits you will. 

As you can see, this can get very complicated quickly. Your best course of action is to reach out to an experienced attorney for help as early as possible in the process. 

If You Have Any Immigration Violations, We May Be Able to Help 


Many apply for the U Visa for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the waiver pardons a wide range of immigration violations. These can include living in America without status, not having permission to enter the country, and others. Many folks who may not be eligible for other immigration methods can apply for status with the U Visa waiver. 

If you have had similar violations in the past, it’s worth it to reach out to an experienced attorney who’s guided others through the U visa process. 

The Wait is Not Short, But…

One of the limitations of the U Visa is that 10,000 are all that’s available annually. If that sounds like a low number, it is. It’s especially low when compared to the number of people who are approved for a U Visa every year. Add on the fact that the USCIS takes its time to review every U Visa application thoroughly, and the process can take a long time indeed. 

That said, we can help to guide you through the process every step of the way. Working with attorneys who have done this before gives you the best chance of a successful resolution. 

U Visa Bona Fide Determination

Multiple Immigration Paths Beyond U Visa Bona Fide Determination 


The U Visa is a way for many people to immigrate to the United States, yes. However, it might not be the best way for everyone. Indeed, there are those who would best be served with another method. We can help there, too. 

Our attorneys have helped clients over the years to immigrate to the United States in many different ways. During a free case evaluation, we’ll sit down with you and help you figure out the best method for your needs. 

Schedule that with us through our site or by calling. 

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