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USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for Fiscal Year 2015

According to USCIS, it has approved the maximum limit of 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant visas for fiscal year 2015. This is the sixth straight year that USCIS has reached the maximum limit since it first began issuing the U visa in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U visas are available for victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and are willing to help U.S. law officials investigate or prosecute those crimes. Although the limit for FY2015 has been reached, USCIS will continue to review U-1 visa petitions and, for those who are eligible, will send a letter notifying them that they are on a waiting list to receive the visa when it again becomes available.