Immigrant Crime Victims Seeking Special Visas Find a Tough Path
By Liz Robbins
The New York Times
March 8, 2015
The legislation granting visas to victims of certain crimes has been in place since 2000. . . . If approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the visas permit crime victims to stay and work in the country up to four years, and to apply for permanent residency.
“This isn’t some backdoor, it isn’t a loophole, it is one of the few forms of humanitarian relief that Congress has put out there to help victims of serious crimes,” said Theodor S. Liebmann, a professor of immigration law at Hofstra University.
A version of this article appears in print on March 9, 2016, on page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: Immigrant Crime Victims Seeking Special Visas Face Difficulty.