El Salvador has become one of the most dangerous places to live in Central America. The homicide rate in this small country is 15 times higher than the homicide rate in the United States. It’s just a violent place. As much as 40% of Salvadorans wish to leave the country in the coming years. Unfortunately, gangs recruit young children 9 years of age and older and train them to execute these crimes. If you or a loved one has recently fled your country and seek protection from violent crimes in the United States, contact a Salt Lake City victim visa attorney.
A history of violence
Crime has become Salvador’s daily bread. The civil war, which lasted about 12 years, caused the death of about 75,000 Salvadorans. One of the principal guerrillas was the FMLN mainly supported by Nicaragua, Cuba, and the Soviet Union. Although the war ended after the peace treaty, there are almost half a million people who have joined the gangs over the years. El Salvador has a population of 6 million. Among the numerous crimes committed by the guerrillas throughout the years, you will see bombings, kidnapping, and robberies.
Trump’s latest travel ban
The president’s travel van prohibiting refugees from seven countries from entering the U.S. was recently blocked by a federal judge. The Department of Homeland Security stopped its enforcement. Trump’s controversial policies had left many travelers deserted on airports and thousands of immigrants across the nation fear what could happen in the coming years.
Green card for victims of a crime
This is an amazing opportunity for victims of crimes to escape the brutality they are exposed to in their countries of origin. Once the victim has been granted a U nonimmigrant status he or she can file for a green card under several conditions:
- You have been living in the United States for at least 3 years since the time you were admitted as a U nonimmigrant.
- You haven’t declined to cooperate with the criminal investigation.
- Your presence can be explained by humanitarian reasons and is in the community’s best interest.
USCIS grants about 10,000 visas every year. If you are not among the chosen that year, you will be on a waiting list yet you can receive deferred status. This means you will be authorized to work and travel. As part of the application process, you will describe the crime and present evidence in support of your claim.
How can a Salt Lake City victim visa attorney help?
For 26 years Gloria Cardenas has provided legal advice immigrants from all over the world. She will be able to tell you whether you are eligible or not. If you or a loved one were a victim of a crime and would like to petition for U nonimmigrant status, contact us today. We understand discussing a crime is not easy but a necessary step to finding freedom and protection.