California’s U Visa Certification Law (Penal Code Section 679.10)

California’s Immigrant Victims of Crime Equity Act (SB 674; California Penal Code Section 679.10) became law on January 1, 2017.

Implementing policy for the California Attorney General: New and Existing State and Federal Laws Protecting Immigrant Victims of Crime October 28, 2015.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) Publications on California’s U Visa Certification Law

ILRC fact sheet was developed by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.  SB 674: Immigrant Victims of Crime Equity Act SB 674 is a new California law that took effect on January 1, 2016. The goal of this law is to ensure that all immigrant crime victims in California have equal access to immigration status through the U visa.

This Immigrant Legal Resource Center produced practice advisory Guide to Obtaining U Visa (Certifications (August 10, 2017) outlines some suggestions and resources for immigration advocates working with law enforcement agencies to obtain law enforcement certification for U Visa applicants.  It also includes a summary of all state laws, as of July 2017, that have either passed or are pending regarding U Visa certification policies and protocols.