Immigrants Victim of Violent Crime to Get Faster Visa Certification

Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a council member of Metropolitan King County, was able to secure funding that will make provision for an additional records management specialist on full-time basis in the 2019 – 2020 County budget. This provision will make it possible for the King County Sheriff’s Office to process requests for U visa within the 90 days mandated by the state. Kohl-Welles made this effort because of the problems facing non-citizens in the United States. He noted that these non-citizens are particularly susceptible if they become victims of any crime. He stated that King County must do beyond what it’s doing now. Besides welcoming all immigrants irrespective of their immigration status which he considered very laudable, King County must get to a level of ensuring these immigrant victims of crime have unbiased access to justice and can provide law enforcement with needed help without the fear of being deported or ending up retributed.

What Is U Visa?

U visa, also known as U non immigration status visa, is basically a permit that lets victims of crime, non-citizen already in or migrating to the United States, to enter or remain in the Country. Certain crimes qualify for the granting of U visa – including sexual assault and domestic violence. These crimes must have taken place on US ground, and the victims must provide needed or adequate help to government agency or law enforcement investigating the crime. As at now, the processing of U visa could take King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) up to six months to certify. Nevertheless, in case of emergency, it would be demanded of KCSO to respond to the request for U visa within two weeks of receiving the request. An example of such emergency includes a request by an applicant that is under the age of 21. Stay in touch and get alerts & emails directly in your inbox by subscribing to VisaCrimes Check here for our latest immigration updates, local immigration activities, emerging trends, visa news updates for Australia, Canada, US, UK, Germany and more.

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