The U Visa

Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime
3rd Edition
Sally Kinoshita, Susan Bowyer, Jessica Farb & Catherine Seitz
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3rd Edition now available  - expanded content and samples!

The U Visa: Obtaining Status for Immigrant Victims of Crime will guide you through the entire process of handling an immigration case for a U visa applicant – from eligibility screening for U nonimmigrant status through adjustment of status to assisting eligible family members and helping U nonimmigrants travel. In addition, this manual provides numerous practice pointers and sample materials to help in handling your client’s case. These include sample checklists, cover letters, declarations, receipt notices, and other correspondence you can expect to receive from USCIS, motions to submit to the immigration court, and more.

New features included in this edition:

  • All-new, additional chapter on assisting U nonimmigrant clients with travel issues and consular processing
  • New information on identifying and helping workplace victims of crime and working with the Department of Labor, EEOC or California DFEH for certification
  • Updated information and developments related to U adjustment of status applications
  • Expanded sections and samples for assisting family members through the I-929 petition process
  • The latest information on addressing removal issues including prosecutorial discretion
  • Several sample materials including applications and declarations for adjustment applications, consular processing, and outreach and explanatory materials for clients

For more details on specific chapters, go to the Sample Content tab and click Chapter Descriptions.


“The U Visa manual has helped me win countless cases. I especially love the sections on helping family members. The details about who can bring siblings, spouses, parents, children and the ages for the principals and derivatives are complex. Anytime I have a case where there is a question about a person qualifying as a derivative, I immediately turn to the U Visa manual. Thank you for this great resource!”

Kristin Love Boscia, Attorney at Law
Law Office of Kristin Love Boscia - San Jose, CA

"The U Visa manual is a fantastic consolidation of information in one book. It is easy to follow and has many great examples. I especially like the use of citations and footnotes to get more detailed information."

Ms. Nora Phillips, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles

"The 'Big Pink Book', as we have affectionately come to call it, has proven an essential resource for our Immigrant Justice Program. With CIS criteria and procedures continually evolving, a U Visa attorney must have access to the collective knowledge of fellow advocates and practitioners."

Alicia J. Triche
Staff Attorney, Immigrant Justice Program - Community Legal Center