The issue of immigration seems to be on everyone's mind lately. As presidential candidates gear up for the hot topic, questions about immigration, law and border security tend to take center stage. However, it is the change to a little thing called a U-visa that has one Atlanta father upset.
An Atlanta man and his daughter are making news after they were the victims of a robbery at gunpoint, in which the thief threatened their lives. However, it is not the armed robbery aspect that is making headlines, but their denial of an immigrant victims visa. After reporting the assault to authorities, they should have been granted a special three-year visa known as a U-visa, in return for their cooperation with police. Instead, they were shocked to find out their application had been denied due to a maxed out number of approved U-visas allowed by the federal government. In 2014, 10,000 U-visas, the maximum allowed by federal law, were already approved. Hundreds of which were for Atlanta residents, yet not for this father or his daughter.
Although the U-visa was designed as an incentive for immigrants to come forward if victimized, the federal government placed limitations on them in fear they were being taken advantage of. As one immigration attorney admitted, there is room for fraud in every law, but it's not every law that this Atlanta dad is worried about, as his application for a U-visa is still denied.
For individuals looking for more information about what kind of immigration protection is available to them, or to get help with their naturalization, speaking to a trusted immigration attorney may help. With their experience and resources, your rights can stay protected, and you can begin to plan your future.
Source: KMOV.com, "Illegal immigrants get legal after being victims of a crime," Christian De La Rosa, Aug. 31, 2015