*New U and T Visa Application and Certification Forms (January and February 2017)

March 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released updated U visa application and certification forms.  The new forms include the criminal activities added by the Violence Against Women Act 2013 – stalking and fraud in foreign labor contracting.  The certification form will also be more certifier friendly for a broader range of U visa certifiers including judges, magistrates, commissioners, police, sheriffs, prosecutors, and state and federal government agencies (e.g., EEOC, Labor, Adult and Child protective services).

Note:  In a Law Enforcement Roundtable convened by NIWAP yesterday (March 23, 2017) USCIS announced that there will be a Grace period through October 1, 2017 after which the old U visa certification form will  no longer be accepted.

U visa cases filed after May 17, 2017 will be required to used the new U visa certification form.

Click below for copies of the U visa forms, form instructions and the latest publications by DHS on the U visa.

U Visa Certification Form  (I-918 Supplement B, February 7, 2017)

U Visa Certification Form Instructions (I-918 Sup B Instructions, February 7, 2017)

U Visa Application Form (I-918, February 7, 2017)

U Visa Application Form Instructions (I-918 Instructions, February 7, 2017)

U Visa Petition for Qualifying Family Member (I-918 Supplement A, February 7, 2017)

Resources for Certifiers

DHS:  U and T Visa Certification Resource Guide (November 2015)

U Visa Immigration Relief for Victims of Certain Crimes:  An Overview for Law Enforcement (February 2017)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published in February 2017 a new tool that provides an overview for law enforcement and other government agencies (including judges) authorized by the U Visa statutes, regulations and policies to sign U visa certifications.  The overview describes the role of a certifier, what constitutes U Visa criminal activity, which government agencies are eligible to certify, who can sign a certification, when a certification may be signed, tips for completing the certification, and includes phone numbers, websites and resources available to assist certifiers from DHS and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

DHS Interactive Infographic Screening and Information Tool Identifying Immigrant Crime Victim Eligibility for Immigration Protections

USCIS Website on U Visas for Immigrant Crime Victims

USCIS Website on Violence Against Women Act Self-Petitions

Law Enforcement U  Visa Certification Toolkit (February 2017)

U Visa Certification Toolkit for Judges, Magistrates, Commissioners and Other Judicial Officers

Adult Protective Services U Visa Certification Toolkit

More Training Materials on the U Visa

Law Enforcement and Prosecutors Training Manual

Judges and Courts Training Manual

Proposed U Visa Model Policy

Discussion Paper:  U Visa Model Policy

T Visa Application and T Visa Declaration (Certification) for Victims of Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issued new editions of the T Visa application and the T Visa declaration/certification from that law enforcement, prosecutors and judges can sign in support of an immigrant victims of human trafficking’s T Visa application.

T Visa Application Form (I-914, January 18, 2017)

T Visa Application Form Instructions (I-914 Instructions, January 18, 2017)

T Visa Application for a Family Member (I-914 Supplement A, January 18, 2017)

T Visa Declaration (Certification) Form (I-914 Supplement B, January 18, 2017)

T Visa Declaration (Certification) Instructions (I-914 Supplement B, Instructions January 18, 2017)

USCIS Website in Human Trafficking

NIWAP’s Training Materials on Human Trafficking