How to make the U-Visa Process Go Faster

Is your U-Visa case taking too long? Are you waiting for any type of response on your case?

Visa Petition Filed

When the visa petition is filed, the government will issue a receipt notice and an appointment to take your fingerprints.  Once that is completed, there is a period of waiting.  That can take up to 12 months or more.

Since the government admits it could take up to 4 or 5 years to receive the preliminary decision, it may be a good idea to file a federal lawsuit and sue the government to obligate them to make the waitlist decision without any unreasonable delay.

Preliminary Decision

The preliminary “waitlist” decision involves the government reviewing the evidence and determining if the case merits approval.  If the case merits approval, but no visa numbers are available, then the government will issue a work permit and grant deferred action status to the applicant.

Final Decision

Depending on when the immigrant filed, it can take up to 14 years or more for a visa number to become available.  Once a visa number is available, “U-Status” is granted for a status of 4 years.  After 3 years the immigrant may apply for their “green card.”

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