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  • U-Visa Updates 2014-2015

    Starting this threat to get status of people regarding uvisa or if any one put in defferred action in 2014-2015

    1)Anyone applied in 2014 and get approved or put in deferred action.

    2)I applied in mid of june 2014 and havent recieve anything yet

    3)if any of you get an update regarding uvisa cases filed in 2014 kindly comment in this threat

    4)Any Updates about processing time of Uvisa.

    Thanks

  • #2
    i have the same situation
    apply in August 5,2015 get finger print Sep 17,2015

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    • #3
      we are in same boat

      did you here anything or got any letter or any update?

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      • #4
        Apply for Early work authoratin ---- i got it

        Hello My Friend,

        If it is more then 90 days after filling your application - U can write for Early work authorization as per the law mandate by Congress,

        Please check following link,

        http://www.asistahelp.org/index.cfm/...ctims_of_crime

        The letter says clear -

        April 18 2015
        Mr. León Rodríguez Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Service 20 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20549
        Dear Director Rodríguez:
        The undersigned 8 organizations serve and advocate on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking.
        With processing times for petitions for U nonimmigrant status well exceeding 12 months, and with the fact that we are in a permanent conditional grant system for the foreseeable future, we believe it is vital that USCIS issue Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to crime victims while their petitions for U nonimmigrant status are pending.
        For most of our clients, lack of work authorization compounds their instability and makes it exponentially more difficult for them to support their children and rebuild their lives free of abuse. Their economic instability makes them vulnerable to continued abuse and less likely to be able to continue to cooperate with law enforcement. Current EAD Process for U Applicants
        When victims of crimes apply for U nonimmigrant status on Form I-918, they may concurrently apply for employment authorization by checking “yes” in the box next to Question 7 of Part 2 on Form I-918, asking whether the petitioner wants an Employment Authorization Document. Those applicants who check “yes” receive two receipt notices from USCIS, one for Form I-918, and one for Form I-765, the usual form with which noncitizens apply for employment authorization. In this way, USCIS acknowledges that applicants have a pending application for employment authorization, although they did not file a physical form I-765. USCIS does not, however, adjudicate that pending application for employment authorization until after a petitioner has been granted U nonimmigrant status. Petitioners who have been granted deferred action subject to the U cap must file a separate I-765 application in order to receive employment authorization.
        Current processing times for I-918 petitions are over a year. Petitioners who did not file a separate I-765 simultaneously with their I-918 petitions—perhaps in reliance upon checking “yes” on Question 7 of Part 2 of the I-918—must file an I-765 application upon notification of the grant of deferred action status. Adjudication of that I-765 generally takes another three months. Even petitioners who filed an I-765 application simultaneously with their I918 petitions, to ensure it was on file for swift adjudication upon a grant of deferred action, must wait at least a year for work authorization.
        For petitioners to whom USCIS issued a Request for Evidence, the situation is even more dire. In recent practice, many RFEs are often not issued until the petition has been pending for a year or more, so that by the time those petitioners’ applications are fully adjudicated,
        they have been waiting for work authorization for at least two years. These serious delays in granting the security crime victims need undermine the spirit and language of the law.
        Proposed EAD Process for U Applicants
        USCIS should use existing regulations to implement Congressional intent and accelerate EAD grants to U applicant victims of crimes. In 2008, Congress added a bona fide determination basis for U applicant EADs. 8 U.S.C. § 1184(p)(6); INA § 214(p)(6). USCIS has never implemented this law. Moreover, under existing regulations, all petitioners for U nonimmigrant status who requested an EAD in their response to Question 7 of Part 2 on Form I-918 are eligible for interim work authorization once their applications have been pending for more than 90 days. 8 C.F.R. § 274a.13(d) “USCIS will adjudicate the application within 90 days from the date of receipt of the application.”
        We suggest that USCIS immediately begin adjudicating petitioners’ EAD applications within 90 days of the date received, as per the referenced regulation. If USCIS wishes instead to conduct a bona fide determination of the petitioner’s U application, that determination also should be made within 90 days of receipt of the application. If the bona fide determination is not conducted, then the EAD application standing alone should be adjudicated in accordance with 8 C.F.R. § 274a.13(d). If an RFE is issued within 90 days of receipt of the petition, then the clock resets and counting of the 90 days for issuance of the EAD begins on the day of receipt of the RFE response. If an RFE has not been issued within 90 days of receipt of the petition, then USCIS should adjudicate the EAD application as per the 90-day regulation. Because USCIS has implemented neither the existing 90-day regulation, nor the Congressionally mandated bona fide standard, individual U applicants have pursued relief in federal court. The best way for USCIS to avoid massive use of this litigation strategy by U applicants is for the agency to swiftly implement a 90-day EAD system for U applicants.
        U Applicants Have Successfully Sought Redress in Federal Court to Receive LongDelayed EADs Under Current Law and Regulation
        Sanctuary for Families, in partnership with the law firm WilmerHale, prepared individual federal complaints on behalf of several clients with pending petitions for U nonimmigrant status seeking to compel USCIS to issue EADs to those clients. Rather than litigate the question in the District of Vermont, USCIS offered to settle each case expeditiously, offering an immediate grant of deferred action and work authorization.
        While this is an extremely positive and life-changing outcome for the individuals who pursued this strategy, it does not address the underlying problem faced by the tens of thousands of pending U petitioners caught in limbo, unable to work lawfully and rebuild their lives. Absent clear progress towards a fix for the current delays in EADs for U applicants, we expect the litigation strategy to become commonplace to ensure their rights under the law.
        Our organizations raised the EAD problem with USCIS previously and we know they have been considering our suggestions1. The only U applicants who have seen an improvement in EAD issuance, however, are those who pursued litigation. We suggest it is time for another meeting with USCIS officials discuss a permanent policy solution to the delay in EADs for victims of crimes. We look forward to swiftly scheduling such a meeting.
        For more information, please contact Gail Pendleton at ASISTA at [email protected] or Joy Ziegeweid at Sanctuary for Families, [email protected].
        Sincerely,
        Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence ASISTA Immigration Assistance Casa de Esperanza: National [email protected] Network for Healthy Families and Communities Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Immigration Center for Women and Children National Immigrant Justice Center Sanctuary for Families Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
        1 ASISTA et al. Letter to Former Director Alejandro Mayorkas with 135 signatories. August 23, 2013.Available at http://www.asistahelp.org/documents/...al_8_B7AE6114D 8070.pdf.

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        • #5
          Do u know - what is Wilberforce Amendment ?

          Dear Friends,

          William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008,

          This is law - created by US Congress.

          I hope this hint is enough to find out

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          • #6
            EAD just after passing 90 days of fillingyour initial U visa application form I918

            yes, it's true

            be smart

            know your law first,

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            • #7
              u visa

              I applied may 2014. It's been 17 months and still haven't heard anything. wait is about 24 months. I don't mean 24 months to be approved for u visa. I meant 24 months just to be on a wait list. Forget about getting approved for another year or two after being on wait list. So good 4 years to be approved if lucky

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
                Hello My Friend,

                If it is more then 90 days after filling your application - U can write for Early work authorization as per the law mandate by Congress,

                Please check following link,

                http://www.asistahelp.org/index.cfm/...ctims_of_crime

                The letter says clear -

                April 18 2015
                Mr. León Rodríguez Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Service 20 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20549
                Dear Director Rodríguez:
                The undersigned 8 organizations serve and advocate on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking.
                With processing times for petitions for U nonimmigrant status well exceeding 12 months, and with the fact that we are in a permanent conditional grant system for the foreseeable future, we believe it is vital that USCIS issue Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to crime victims while their petitions for U nonimmigrant status are pending.
                For most of our clients, lack of work authorization compounds their instability and makes it exponentially more difficult for them to support their children and rebuild their lives free of abuse. Their economic instability makes them vulnerable to continued abuse and less likely to be able to continue to cooperate with law enforcement. Current EAD Process for U Applicants
                When victims of crimes apply for U nonimmigrant status on Form I-918, they may concurrently apply for employment authorization by checking “yes” in the box next to Question 7 of Part 2 on Form I-918, asking whether the petitioner wants an Employment Authorization Document. Those applicants who check “yes” receive two receipt notices from USCIS, one for Form I-918, and one for Form I-765, the usual form with which noncitizens apply for employment authorization. In this way, USCIS acknowledges that applicants have a pending application for employment authorization, although they did not file a physical form I-765. USCIS does not, however, adjudicate that pending application for employment authorization until after a petitioner has been granted U nonimmigrant status. Petitioners who have been granted deferred action subject to the U cap must file a separate I-765 application in order to receive employment authorization.
                Current processing times for I-918 petitions are over a year. Petitioners who did not file a separate I-765 simultaneously with their I-918 petitions—perhaps in reliance upon checking “yes” on Question 7 of Part 2 of the I-918—must file an I-765 application upon notification of the grant of deferred action status. Adjudication of that I-765 generally takes another three months. Even petitioners who filed an I-765 application simultaneously with their I918 petitions, to ensure it was on file for swift adjudication upon a grant of deferred action, must wait at least a year for work authorization.
                For petitioners to whom USCIS issued a Request for Evidence, the situation is even more dire. In recent practice, many RFEs are often not issued until the petition has been pending for a year or more, so that by the time those petitioners’ applications are fully adjudicated,
                they have been waiting for work authorization for at least two years. These serious delays in granting the security crime victims need undermine the spirit and language of the law.
                Proposed EAD Process for U Applicants
                USCIS should use existing regulations to implement Congressional intent and accelerate EAD grants to U applicant victims of crimes. In 2008, Congress added a bona fide determination basis for U applicant EADs. 8 U.S.C. § 1184(p)(6); INA § 214(p)(6). USCIS has never implemented this law. Moreover, under existing regulations, all petitioners for U nonimmigrant status who requested an EAD in their response to Question 7 of Part 2 on Form I-918 are eligible for interim work authorization once their applications have been pending for more than 90 days. 8 C.F.R. § 274a.13(d) “USCIS will adjudicate the application within 90 days from the date of receipt of the application.”
                We suggest that USCIS immediately begin adjudicating petitioners’ EAD applications within 90 days of the date received, as per the referenced regulation. If USCIS wishes instead to conduct a bona fide determination of the petitioner’s U application, that determination also should be made within 90 days of receipt of the application. If the bona fide determination is not conducted, then the EAD application standing alone should be adjudicated in accordance with 8 C.F.R. § 274a.13(d). If an RFE is issued within 90 days of receipt of the petition, then the clock resets and counting of the 90 days for issuance of the EAD begins on the day of receipt of the RFE response. If an RFE has not been issued within 90 days of receipt of the petition, then USCIS should adjudicate the EAD application as per the 90-day regulation. Because USCIS has implemented neither the existing 90-day regulation, nor the Congressionally mandated bona fide standard, individual U applicants have pursued relief in federal court. The best way for USCIS to avoid massive use of this litigation strategy by U applicants is for the agency to swiftly implement a 90-day EAD system for U applicants.
                U Applicants Have Successfully Sought Redress in Federal Court to Receive LongDelayed EADs Under Current Law and Regulation
                Sanctuary for Families, in partnership with the law firm WilmerHale, prepared individual federal complaints on behalf of several clients with pending petitions for U nonimmigrant status seeking to compel USCIS to issue EADs to those clients. Rather than litigate the question in the District of Vermont, USCIS offered to settle each case expeditiously, offering an immediate grant of deferred action and work authorization.
                While this is an extremely positive and life-changing outcome for the individuals who pursued this strategy, it does not address the underlying problem faced by the tens of thousands of pending U petitioners caught in limbo, unable to work lawfully and rebuild their lives. Absent clear progress towards a fix for the current delays in EADs for U applicants, we expect the litigation strategy to become commonplace to ensure their rights under the law.
                Our organizations raised the EAD problem with USCIS previously and we know they have been considering our suggestions1. The only U applicants who have seen an improvement in EAD issuance, however, are those who pursued litigation. We suggest it is time for another meeting with USCIS officials discuss a permanent policy solution to the delay in EADs for victims of crimes. We look forward to swiftly scheduling such a meeting.
                For more information, please contact Gail Pendleton at ASISTA at [email protected] or Joy Ziegeweid at Sanctuary for Families, [email protected].
                Sincerely,
                Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence ASISTA Immigration Assistance Casa de Esperanza: National [email protected] Network for Healthy Families and Communities Center for Gender and Refugee Studies Immigration Center for Women and Children National Immigrant Justice Center Sanctuary for Families Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
                1 ASISTA et al. Letter to Former Director Alejandro Mayorkas with 135 signatories. August 23, 2013.Available at http://www.asistahelp.org/documents/...al_8_B7AE6114D 8070.pdf.
                You are real a**H*** Read it..It's just an application not an law...

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                • #9
                  Uscis updated their website today but the date for u-visa is still stuck on may 7,2014.did anyone approved or put in deferred action or any kind of update from vermont service center regarding uvisa filed in 2014.if you guys have any update please share with us.Thanks

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                  • #10
                    Dhruv Patel - Happy Diwali

                    now they gonna work after Christmas, I Guess.

                    we have No Choice,

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                    • #11
                      Long wait.

                      Yeah its being a long time they are not updating the date and its still stuck on May 7.i dont know that either they are working on cases or not.

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                      • #12
                        My u visa timeline

                        Hey Guys I applied for u visa in July 2013 and after that no response but yesterday my lawyer called me and told me that good news we got your approval letter and your derivatives abroad approval to so whoever applied in 2014 or 2015 still got one more year to go ...good luck !!!

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                        • #13
                          Congratulations to you and hopefully we will get approved soon.

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                          • #14
                            Updates?

                            Hello,
                            Did anyone approved or put in deferred action filed in 2014.
                            Kindly let us know.Thanks

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                            • #15
                              Finally 2016 Qouta over on Dec 29

                              Hello! Hello! Hello! ......finally they finished 10000 approvals today. Now they gonna work our applications of course in new year. Good luck....everybody

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