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In some unfortunate cases, immigrants are the victims of crime and for many reasons may feel uncomfortable pursuing criminals in court or even reporting the crime. The US has made it easier for immigrants to report such crimes by providing a temporary immigrant status known as "U" status. Even undocumented immigrants may qualify for this type of immigrant status, which is intended to encourage all immigrants to report crime and to help police solve serious crimes. To apply for U nonimmigrant status, you must be the victim of a qualifying crime and you must file USCIS Form I-918 (Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status). Qualifying family members of such victims of crime may also be eligible for U nonimmigrant status.