U Visas and T Visas
*If an arrest has not been made, please contact the following resources for assistance*:
For additional detailed information about applying for U Visas for victims of crime (i.e. list of qualifying crimes, eligibility, etc.) and the forms you need to apply, please visit the USCIS website (Victims of Criminal Activity: U Nonimmigrant Status)
For additional detailed information about applying for T Visas for victims of human trafficking and the forms you need to apply, please visit the USCIS website (Victims of Human Trafficking: T Nonimmigrant Status)
Crime victims, the certifying agency, and the USCIS each have different roles and responsibilities related to U Visas and T Visas.
- Provide information to the certifying agency to assist with the detection, investigation, or prosecution of qualifying crime(s) or the conviction or sentencing of the perpetrator.
- Is available to be helpful in the detection, investigation, and/or prosecution of qualifying crime(s), when reasonably requested and there is an ongoing need.
- Submits the Petition for U Visa (Form I-918) with the required Form I-918 Supplement B, U Visa Certification (Form I-918B) through their immigration Attorney to USCIS.
- Detects, investigates, and/or prosecutes allegations of qualifying crimes, including the conviction, or sentencing of the perpetrator.
- Determines, within the certifying agency’s discretion, whether to complete and sign Form I-918B, in accordance with the agency’s procedures and designated signing authority.
- Confirms to USCIS that the victim is complying with reasonable requests for assistance.
- Determines eligibility for U Visas.
- Communicates, as needed, with law enforcement to confirm information provided on Form I-918B, and any other evidence submitted with a U Visa petition.
- Provides U nonimmigrant status to eligible victims.
Please reference the USCIS – U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide, Page 6.