Victim: If someone has been the victim of a crime in the United States which has caused physical or mental trauma and that person has or will likely be helpful to the police or law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of that crime, then they can seek what is known as U nonimmigrant status (commonly known as a U Visa).
If granted, the foreign national will receive legal status and work authorization for a period of 4 years and can also apply to travel outside the United States. After 3 years of holding U nonimmigrant status, the foreign national can apply for Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR) or a Green Card.
Family members of the victim (U-1 or principal U) can also apply for U nonimmigrant status, known as derivative status as follows:
Family members of the victim (U-1) can later also apply for Lawful Permanent Residency or a Green Card as follows:
If anyone in your family who is a foreign national has been a victim of a crime and reported to the police, speak with a qualified immigration attorney to determine if immigration benefits may be available to family members in addition to the victim.