Oregon Department of Justice

Immigrant Crime Victims / U & T-Visa

In Oregon victims of crime have constitutionally protected victims’ rights regardless of alienage.  They have the right to access emergency medical care, police assistance, may have the perpetrators of the crimes against them prosecuted, and may obtain community based services necessary to protect their life and safety.

The Department of Homeland Security may not make unfavorable immigration decisions based solely upon information provided by a spouse, parent, or other family member who resides in the same household as the immigrant, who is abusive toward the immigrant or the immigrant’s child. 8 USCA § 1367(a)(1)

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside 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. Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act) in October 2000. The legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of aliens and other crimes, while also protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. The legislation also helps law enforcement agencies to better serve victims of crimes.

Don't be Afraid

Please contact your local district attorney victim assistance program for information on certifying officials.