Immigrants who don’t have legal status, and who are victims of crime, can apply to stay in the country legally if they’re determined to be helpful to law enforcement. But victims’ advocates have complained some family court judges weren’t signing the paperwork for these U visas, because they didn’t understand the process.
The Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court responded by giving New York judges a guidance memo with background history and frequently asked questions.
- Memo #1: Guidance on Guardianship Matters and Applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile (“SIJ”) Findings
- Memo #2: Guidance on Family Court Role in U Nonimmigrant Status Certification