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“U” Visa Project

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is for victims of certain violent crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity

Under the direction of a local immigration attorney the U Visa Project team members will interview and assist the client in the completion of the U Visa application. Of special focus will be the affidavit of the victim as this is the heart of their application for relief. Each team will need at least one member able to speak Spanish. Attention to detail and comprehensive interviewing is necessary.

Purpose of the project

  • To provide opportunities for law students to work along side an attorney and clients in the immigration related matter
  • To provide skills development and enhancement opportunities for law students
  • To create an awareness of the challenges and barriers faced by “U” visa applicants

Requirements or qualifications

Law students must:

  • be a good academic standing
  • complete and submit the Volunteer Enrollment Form
  • have an interest in serving victims of crimes
  • speaking and reading ability in Spanish is preferred
  • have or be willing to improve interviewing skills

Responsibilities of organization

Local immigration attorney must:

  • agree to properly supervise the work of the law student
  • provide clear and timely instructions
  • seek opportunities to expose the students to various tasks
  • provide feedback when possible.

Responsibilities of the students

The students must:

  • communicate effectively and efficiently with the immigration attorney
  • complete tasks in a timely and competent manner
  • seek assistance when needed
  • perform duties professionally
  • treat this volunteer opportunity as if it was a paying or for-credit position
  • be sensitive to the special needs of the client
  • maintain client confidentiality

Skills Opportunities

The following Core Skills may be associated with this particular volunteer opportunity. Not all tasks will contain all of these skills. See the complete Core Competencies & Skills Inventory for more details.

  • Core Skill: Oral Communication and Listening Abilities
  • Core Skill: Critical Reading Abilities
  • Core Skill: Task Organization and Management
  • Core Skill: Professionalism