Victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the United States, and who are willing to assist law enforcement or other government officials in prosecuting the crime, are eligible to apply for "U Status." U Status permits victims to remain in the United States, and they are eligible to apply later for permanent residency and ultimately U.S. Citizenship. However, recent policy updates from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will make it harder for victims to come forward.
There are various types of government benefits availabe to those in need. These are lawfully open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-permanent residents. If you are worried that accepting certain benefits could affect your ability to become a permanent resident, continue reading below.
Immigration application processing times have recently changed. If you live in Middle Tennessee, the Memphis field office adjudicates many petitions and applications filed for immigration benefits. We recently heard from the Field Office Director on how long you may wait to have your paperwork processed.
It is official. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will be bringing a field office to Nashville in the near future. Read more to find out how you could be affected.