A crime victim’s path to the U.S. citizenship

Miguel used to work in a game stop in Mexico (Coral Lu and Sean Froelich/Medill)

By Coral Lu and Sean Froelich

There are multiple ways for undocumented immigrants to become legal citizens in the United States, but sometimes the path is dangerous. For those who have been victimized in America, there is a “shortcut” to citizenship. By helping the authorities investigate and solve crimes, immigrants like Miguel Hernandez can apply for a U Visa which means legal status.

After the approval, they may apply for the U.S. citizenship, but it can take years.

Photo at top: Miguel used to work at a game stop in Mexico. (Coral Lu and Sean Froelich/Medill)