At the recent Federal Bar Association Immigration conference in Austin TX earlier this month, our own Jaime McGuire along with Lauren McClure from Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC and Danielle Fritz from Immigration Center for Women and Children, presented a very well received talk on U Visas and VAWA consular processing.
The U visa is set-aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. The Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), allows you to become a lawful permanent resident (if eligible) if you are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a family member.
These extraordinary circumstances are challenging to navigate and Lauren McClure and Jaime McGuire, in this one-hour webinar, will be presenting on ways to bring clients into the United States and will include practical pointers and challenges they have faced.
Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act) in October 2000. The legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of aliens, and other crimes. It also is designed to protect victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. The legislation also helps law enforcement agencies to serve victims of crimes better.
This will be an interactive program, so please email any questions you might have in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
The webinar can be accessed on May 28 at 3pm EST by clicking the following link: https://ilswebinars.my.webex.com/join/ilswebinars. Please remember to turn off your video and mute yourself upon entering the webinar.