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U Visa Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2015

On December 11, 2014, USCIS announced that all 10,000 U visa petitions available for fiscal year 2015 had been approved.

Congress has allocated only 10,000 U visas a year to victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial harm and have obtained certification from law enforcement confirming that the applicant has cooperated with the investigation or prosecution of a crime.  This is the sixth year that USCIS has approved the maximum of 10,000 U visas.

USCIS issues conditional approvals for U visa petition if a case is approvable but can’t be approved because there are no numbers available.    After a case is conditionally approved, USCIS will also accept and approve applications for interim work authorization.