Publications ArchivePublication Tag: U Visa
Tahirih Statement on Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of U Visa Applicants
On September 17, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of applicants for U visas who have been denied their legal rights. Right now, thousands of survivors of violence and other victims of crime are waiting four years or more just to get on a wait list, after which they’ll wait another several years to receive a U visa.
Tahirih Info Sheet on U Visa Class Action
On September 17, 2019, the Tahirih Justice Center and Arnold & Porter filed a class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of thousands of U-visa petitioners whose requests for work permits known as Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) have never been adjudicated, and who have been forced to wait unreasonable periods of time for the benefits Congress provided in the U-visa program.
Class Action Complaint on Behalf of U-Visa Applicants
The Tahirih Justice Center, working with a pro bono team from Arnold & Porter, has brought a class-action lawsuit on behalf of U-visa applicants who have not timely been provided with employment authorization determinations by USCIS. The complaint in the suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that USCIS has acted in violation of both relevant statutory provisions and its own regulations by failing to timely determine whether U-visa applicants are authorized to work pending a final decision on their applications.
Amicus Brief Filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals in support of a U visa applicant in removal proceedings. The brief stresses that, under ICE guidance and BIA precedent, a U-visa applicant is presumptively entitled to a continuance of removal proceedings if USCIS determines that the U-visa application is prima facie approvable.
Joint Statement on May 2019 Advocate Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors
This spring, the Tahirih Justice Center and a coalition of national organizations sent a survey to advocates and attorneys from across the U.S., learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. Tahirih and the coalition issued this joint statement after releasing the key findings of the survey.
Legal Protections for Immigrant Survivors
This one pager describes the various pathways to legal residence for immigrant survivors of gender-based violence present in the United States.
Amicus Brief Filed in Seventh Circuit on U Visa Continuances
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on U visa continuances. The brief argues that immigration courts should continue the cases of U-visa applicants who have shown they have met the requirements for a U-visa while another government agency makes the final decision, and that if U-visa applicants are deported while their applications are pending, it will stop immigrants from reporting violence.