In this article, we will address a topic of great relevance that has generated confusion: the work permits associated with U visas.
The U visa provides a work permit valid for four years for victims of certain qualified crimes. However, obtaining this permit is not immediate and can raise doubts, especially for those who have recently applied.
It is essential to understand that each case is unique. A work permit associated with a U visa differs from others, such as those for DACA or asylum, in terms of processing times and specific requirements. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with your lawyer for personalized guidance.
Since June 2021, the Immigration Service has implemented a process called “Bona Fide Determination.” According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, this process allows U visa petitioners to work while they remain safely in the United States. It also provides valuable support to law enforcement to detect, investigate, or prosecute the serious crimes the petitioners have survived or witnessed.
When the main petitioner receives their work permit, derivatives can apply for theirs. However, this approval is not automatic and is subject to specific requirements, including credible evidence of the family relationship.
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