Understanding Supplement A
Form I-918, Supplement A, is specifically designed for the qualifying family members of U-1 visa holders, which enables these family members to apply for U nonimmigrant status. This form serves as a petition and must accompany the principal U visa applicant’s submission. It must be filled out with accurate and complete personal and eligibility information.
Qualifying Family Members
The qualifying family members for Form I-918, Supplement A, are defined as the U-1 recipient’s:
- Unmarried siblings under 18 years of age
These family members can be included in a U visa application to ensure that families can stay together during the process of obtaining nonimmigrant status.
The adjudication of Form I-918, the Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, is a nuanced process that entails a strict set of criteria for approval and a specific protocol for including derivative beneficiaries.
USCIS Adjudication Process
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) meticulously reviews each Form I-918 to confirm eligibility and adherence to guidelines. Initially, an officer evaluates the petition to ensure completeness and accuracy. If the statutory cap of 10,000 U-1 nonimmigrant statuses per fiscal year is reached, USCIS may place petitioners on a waiting list, although they remain eligible for certain benefits while waiting.