The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers U Nonimmigrant Status (U visa) to victims of crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. The processing time for the I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, varies depending on the case’s complexity, the current workload of USCIS, and the completeness of the application submitted.
As of June 20, 2023, USCIS reached the statutory cap for the fiscal year, which allows for 10,000 individuals to be issued U-1 nonimmigrant visas or granted U-1 status. This cap can impact the processing time for those applying for the U visa. Moreover, on June 14, 2021, This cap can impact the processing time for those applying for the U visa.