Can I apply for U visa status if I am in removal proceedings (deportation)?
Yes. If you are in removal, exclusion, or deportation proceedings, or if you are the subject of a final order of removal, deportation, or exclusion, you may still apply for U visa status.1 ICE and CIS have set up a special system for expediting (speeding up) these cases if you are detained or likely to be removed swiftly. Please contact an immigration attorney with experience in U visas to determine the procedures you would have to follow to apply for U visa status in your case. They should work with the national organizations with U visa expertise to ensure your case is considered and resolved quickly by Immigration - one such organization is ASISTA, which offers immigration training for professionals. Other national organizations can be found on our Immigration page.
1 8 CFR § 214.14(c)(1)(i),(ii)