Non Immigrant Visas-S
S - Individuals coming to the U.S. to testify in a criminal proceeding

"S" Visa Permanent Extension Signed into Law by President Bush

A permanent extension of the S visa has been signed into law (PL 107-45) by President Bush, as part of the Administration’s anti-terrorism efforts. Congress passed S 1424 immediately after the horrific September 11 terrorist attacks. The S visa, commonly known as the ‘Snitch Visa’, is made available to aliens who co-operate with the government in criminal prosecutions. This is to enable the government to effectively prosecute crimes, especially those committed by terrorists. The S visa was first started in 1994 as a provision in the Violent Crime Reduction Act of 1994. Its provision had actually lapsed, but has been revived after the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001.

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