Resources on U Visas

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On Jan. 22, 2020, the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision in Matter of Angel MAYEN-Vinalay, 27 I&N Dec. 755 (BIA 2020) concerning requests for continuances by applicants for “collateral relief” pending with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services who are also in removal proceedings. In this decision, the BIA held that a noncitizen’s prima facie eligibility for U nonimmigrant status, and whether that relief will materially affect the outcome of proceedings, are not dispositive, particularly where there are relevant secondary factors that weigh against a continuance.

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Both USCIS and ICE have taken recent actions that may significantly impact certain U visa petitioners. On July 31, 2019, USCIS announced the release of a new U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide, which includes new and troubling content about the role of law enforcement agencies, or LEAs, in the certification process. On Aug.

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This section of the toolkit includes resources to help you represent clients seeking U status and qualifying family member status. 

Please note that CLINIC’s sample documents are not a substitute for your independent analysis of the law as it applies to your client.

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The Matter of L-S-M- has been designated by the Administrative Appeals Office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as an adopted decision. Adopted decisions establish policy guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees.