U Nonimmigrant Visa and Status

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Webinar Series: jUly 2011

This is the Eighth and FinaL webinar of our monthly series designed to provide up-to-date information on various vital immigration law topics to practitioners and community advocates.

This webinar reviews how victims of criminal activity (and their qualifying family members) can petition for U nonimmigrant status.  That status allows victims of certain criminal activities to live and work in the United States and to eventually apply for permanent residence.  Participants in the webinar will learn the rules for qualifying for U status and become familiar with USCIS Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status.  Participants will learn what criminal activities a person must be a victim of to qualify for U status, how a victim can meet the requirement that the he or she has been helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity, and how to obtain the law enforcement/government certification necessary to petition for U status.

Webinar topics:

  • Rules for qualifying for U status
  • Criminal activities a person must be a victim of to qualify for U status
  • Tips for filing the corresponding forms

Webinar Presenters


  • Julie Dinnerstein, Esq
    Co-Director, Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project


  • Patricia Wonder, Esq.
    Instructor, CUNY School of Professional Studies