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Frequently Asked Questions

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August 2017
Frequently Asked Questions

I have had a U visa for several years and want to apply for a green card now. What are the guidelines and/ or requirements? Is there an interview?
You are eligible to apply three years from the date you received your U visa approval (not three years since your deferred action approval letter). The process is taking about 6 months. There is generally no interview. Family members (derivatives) in the U.S. must also meet these requirements, if they hold U visa status. There are separate procedures for family members who never held U status.

To apply, you must meet the following conditions:
1. You have been physically present in the U.S. for a continuous period of at least 3 years since the first date of admission as a U nonimmigrant and continue to hold that status at the time of application for adjustment of status.
2. You have not unreasonably refused to provide assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution.
3. You are not inadmissible under section 212(a)(3)(E) of the Immigration Nationality Act.
4. You establish that your presence in the United States is justified on humanitarian grounds, to ensure family unity, or is in the public interest.

Forms have been updated for U visa Supplement B, for I-485 (green card), and for I-918 (U visa). Use USCIS website's latest forms so your petition will not be rejected.

I am 18 years old and am eligible for a U visa. Can I sponsor my parents or siblings?
If you are under 21 (20 or younger), you may petition for your spouse, children, parents, and unmarried siblings under age 18. If you are 21 or over, you may only petition for spouse and unmarried children under 21.

I don't speak English very well. Who can I take as an interpreter for my green card interview?
An individual must be sufficiently fluent in both English and in the interviewee’s language, able to interpret competently, impartially, and without bias. If the officer determines before or during the interview that an individual can’t meet these standards, the officer must disqualify the individual from being an interpreter. An exception may be granted for good cause.

Minors under age 18, witnesses, attorneys, and representatives for the interviewee are restricted from being an interpreter, but an exception may be granted if the proposed interpreter is aged 14-17. Family members may be considered not impartial, so the safest option is to take someone unrelated, or not a close family friend. This memo does not apply for asylum interviews.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR AUGUST 2017

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Dec10

22Dec10

2A

22Sep15

22Sep15

2B

01Nov10

01Nov10

3rd

08Jul05

08Jul05

4th

22Sep03

08May04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan12

Current

2nd

22Jul08

01Apr15

3rd

15Jul06

Current

Other

15Jul06

Current

4th

15Sep15

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - AUGUST 2017

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Jul11

22Jul11

2A

08Apr16

08Apr16

2B

01Sep11

01Sep11

3rd

01Dec05

01Dec05

4th

22Jun04

15Nov04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

01Feb09

Current

3rd

01Jan07

Current

Other

01Jan07

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-august-2017.html

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