Immigration Advice Service
+1 844 290 6312 (local rate)

Mon - Sun, 8.30 am - 6 pm

Find an office

7 offices in US


Attorneys based in the
USA and the UK
Licensed USA
Immigration attorneys
We've had over 5000 applications approved
Get the correct advice from qualified immigration experts
4.7 rating 414 reviews

Access to U.S work permits to be expanded for victims of crime

A new immigration policy will expand access to work permits for immigrants who are the victims of crime.

If you need assistance with your work visa application, our lawyers are here to help. Get in touch today on +1844 290 6312 to find out more.



    Request a call back from our immigration experts

    New U.S immigration policy will expand access to work permits for victims of crime

    A new immigration policy has been announced that will see access to deportation relief and work permits expanded to some immigrants who are victims of crime.

    The announcement was first reported by Reuters on Monday.

    The UCIS will create a process that will allow U Visa applicants whose applications are pending to receive work permits, thousands of people could be eligible.

    Currently, there are substantial delays to receiving work authorization under a U Visa. The new immigration policy aims to combat this.

    We can help you if you need support with your visa application Call us now

      Request a call back from our immigration experts

      What is the U Visa?

      The U Visa is a nonimmigrant visa 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.

      To qualify for a visa, applicants must be victims of domestic violence, trafficking or other serious crimes. Certain family members of approved applicants also can request visas.

      U Visas do already provide access to a work permit and the ability to adjust your status to permanent residency after 3 years, but high demand means that U Visa applicants are currently having to wait at least 5 years to receive work authorization.

      The new immigration policy aims to reduce this wait, but it has not yet been announced how many U Visa applicants will qualify for a work permit under this policy.

      Who will be eligible for a work permit under the new policy?

      Under the new immigration policy, thousands of U Visa applicants who have pending applications could be eligible.

      Applicants would be eligible for a work permit as long as their claims are deemed to be made in good faith and without the intention of defrauding the immigration system.

      USCIS is currently considering nearly 269,000 U visa applicants, according to agency data current to December, it is not yet clear how many of those could be eligible for a work permit under the new policy.

      joe biden talking

      Biden’s humane immigration system

      The announcement of this new policy comes after President Biden’s pledge to make the U.S immigration system more humane. Biden has already reversed many of Trump’s draconian immigration policies and the new immigration policy will add to this list. The Trump administration made it easier for immigration authorities to deport U visa applicants, which drew opposition from advocates for immigration.

      In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the new policy would both help victims and promote public safety. He said:

      “These are individuals who have come forward to help law enforcement keep us all safe, but who are in need of a measure of protection for themselves, as well,”

      How can IAS help me?

      If you need support with your immigration case, speak to one of our qualified immigration lawyers today to find out how we can assist you.

      All of our attorneys are experts in immigration law and have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your immigration needs.

      Whether you are looking to apply for a family-based green card, a work visa, or making an application for US citizenship, your dedicated lawyer can give you a full overview of the options available to you.

      Some of the support we offer includes:

      • Assessing your eligibility against the requirements of your chosen immigration route
      • Liaising directly with you or your family members (where relevant) to explain the process in detail
      • Advising on the documents needed based on your circumstances to make a successful application
      • Completing a visa application form to the highest standards
      • Providing a letter of support to bolster your application
      • Engaging with USCIS on your behalf while your application is being considered

      Contact us on +1844 290 6312 to speak with an immigration lawyer about your case. We look forward to working with you over the phone or by online video call.

      You may be interested in reading about:

      We can help you with your immigration case. Contact us today to get immediate support Call us now

        Request a call back from our immigration experts

        Advice Package icon

        Advice Package

        Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals.

        Application Package icon

        Application Package

        Designed to make your visa application as smooth and stress-free as possible.

        Fast Track Package icon

        Fast Track Package

        Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline.

        Appeal Package icon

        Appeal Package

        Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any case.

        Advice Package image

        The Advice Package

        With our untimed Advice Session, our professional immigration lawyers will review your case and provide you with comprehensive advice, completely tailored to your needs and your situation.

          Request a call back from our immigration experts

          Request the Advice Package
          Application Package image

          The Application Package

          With our Application Package, your dedicated caseworker will advise you on your application process and eligibility. Your legal advisor will then complete and submit your forms to the Home Office on your behalf.

            Request a call back from our immigration experts

            Request the Application Package
            Fast Track Package image

            The Fast Track Package

            Our Fast-Track Application Package is a premium service for those who need to submit their application in time with their deadlines. Your case will become a top priority for our lawyers and you will benefit from our highest-quality services.

              Request a call back from our immigration experts

              Request the Fast Track Package
              Appeal Package image

              The Appeal Package

              By choosing our Appeal Package, you can rely on our lawyers’ legal knowledge and experience to ensure you have the highest chance of a successful appeal. We will also fully represent you in any hearings/tribunals.

                Request a call back from our immigration experts

                Request the Appeal Package