The United States court of appeals for the fourth circuit on April 29, 2021, rules that an immigration judge(IJ) has the power to grant a request for the waiver of inadmissibility for the U visas. Jimenez-Rodriguez, who was placed in removal proceedings, was a severe accident victim and wants to corporate with law enforcement in punishing the offender. The USCIS rejected his application for waiving his inadmissibility for a U visa, and he requested BIA to allow him to present another waiver application in front of an IJ
Over time, specific pathways have been established that allow for the victims of crime to lawfully enter or remain in the US. One pathway was established by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which Congress passed the act in 1994. VAWA is a self-petition for those who have been victims of abuse at the hands of a spouse, who is either a US citizen or permanent resident. The self-petition for legal immigration is open to not only women whose spouses abused them, but also to those abused by a parent or adult child. The VAWA provides for an immigration route that does not require the involvement of the abuser.
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