Broken Visa Promises:
Informants, Cooperating Witnesses and Deportation


Informally known as “snitch visas,” S, T, and U visas have become powerful cooperating witness and informant-recruiting tools. In exchange for cooperation in investigations and prosecutions of criminal organizations and terrorists, prosecutors can offer witnesses and informants an opportunity to maintain non-immigrant status in the United States.


Informants in several highly publicized cases report that police and federal agents, particularly ICE agents, fail to deliver on their promise to apply for cooperation-related visas. Countless informants have been arrested and deported despite having served as informants or cooperating witnesses.


Dennis G. Fitzgerald has successfully assisted immigration attorneys fighting to save their clients from deportation.



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