13 Dec 2013
USCIS has now approved the maximum amount of U visas available for Fiscal Year 2014. This is the fifth year in a row that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since the U visa program began in 2008. Over 89,600 victims and their family members have received the U visa since 2008. Even though the statutory limit has been reached, USCIS will continue accepting U visas. Those who are eligible for the visa but are not granted the visa will be placed on a waiting list to receive the visa when it is once again available.
Each year, a total of 10,000 U visas are made available for victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement officials investigate and/or prosecute the crimes. A U visa requires a certification of assistance from law enforcement.