[pdf] Federal Register: New Classification for Victims of Criminal Activity for Eligibility for ‘‘U’’ Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa Regulations) (September 17, 2007) (+)

Federal Register for new classification for victims of criminal activity for the eligibility for ‘‘U’’ nonimmigrant status. This interim rule amends Department of Homeland Security regulations to establish the requirements and procedures for aliens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The U nonimmigrant classification is available to alien victims of certain criminal activity who assist government officials in investigating or prosecuting such criminal activity.

[pdf] Hennepin County Attorney’s Office U Visas and T Visas Certification Policy (March 7, 2024) (+)

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in March of 2024 implemented a U and T visa certification policy that is both fully consistent with DHS policies, regulations, and publications on the U and T visa programs and adopts a victim centered trauma informed approach to the U and T visa certification process. It serves as a model prosecution office policy that is clear, transparent, and is designed to address and inform that public about how the agency wants to receive certification requests which is consistent with prosecutors’ discovery obligations. This policy furthers victim protection goals and the prosecutor’s office’s important work to hold offenders accountable for their crimes.

[pdf] Chapter 10: U Visas: Victims of Criminal Activity (August 8, 2023) (+)

Chapter from “Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault” to assist advocates and attorneys in identifying sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crime victims who may be eligible for U-visa immigration status and to provide resources to help advocates and attorneys work together to prepare U-visa applications for immigrant crime victims.

[pdf] Training Materials for Victim Advocates and Attorneys (11.28.23) (+)

Training materials for family lawyers, prosecutors, and state family, civil and criminal court judges assisting immigrant crime victims Topics include: U visas, T visas, Family Law cases, VAWA Self-Petitions, VAWA Confidentiality, Public Benefits, Best Practices, Language Access, Webinars, Podcasts and more.

[pdf] How Immigration Law and Policies Impact State Courts — When Children and Litigants are Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, or Sexual Assault (NCJFCJ, In-Session -Fall 2023) (+)

This In-Session article discusses immigration policy updates that have occurred in 2021 – 2023 and the impact that what these policies mean for state courts adjudicating a range of family court cases involving immigrant children, immigrant crime victims, and child victims living in mixed immigration status families.

[pdf] U Visa Certification and T Visa Declaration Toolkit for Adult Protective Services (APS) (October 19, 2023) (+)

Toolkit focusing on the U-Visa as well as an introduction to other options which may be available to immigrant adults who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes that Adult Protective Services staff encounter. Having an awareness of these options can help you identify the best options available for immigrant victims you encounter.

[pdf] USCIS Bona Fide Determination Process for Qualifying Family Members of U Nonimmigrant Victims of Qualifying Crimes (August 11, 2023) (+)

USCIS issues updates to the USCIS Policy Manual to facilitate adjudication and issuance of bona fide determinations for qualifying family members of U visa applicants living in the U.S. at the same time the as USCIS issues a bona fide determination to the U visa applicant.

[pdf] Romain v. Napolitano (March 16 2012) United States District Court (+)

Romain v Napolitano (March 16 2012), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. NIWAP, represented by Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, served as lead amicus in the first VAWA Confidentiality appeal of denial of a criminal court discovery order. This was a case in which a domestic violence perpetrator who was being prosecuted for domestic violence sought discovery under Brady and W.M.V.Crio of the VAWA confidentiality protected VAWA self-petition immigration case filed by his battered immigrant spouse. The perpetrator of spousal rape subpoenaed the
victims VAWA self-petition case from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Federal District Court ultimately denied the subpoena and discovery of the self-petition file by the criminal defendant

[pdf] Cazorla and EEOC v. Koch Foods of Mississippi US Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (October 22 2015) (+)

Cazorla v. Koch Foods of Mississippi, (October 22 2015) United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit. NIWAP, represented by Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP, Arnold and Porter, Latino Justice PRLDEF, was the lead Amicus in the first case to reach the U.S. Courts of Appeals on the (VAWA) immigration confidentiality protections. In this workplace sexual assault case brought by the EEOC the employer is attempting to obtain through civil court discovery receive copies of and/or information contained in victim workers’ U visa cases filed with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that under federal law are to receive VAWA confidentiality protection.

[pdf] Meredith v. Muriel K&L Gates Supreme Court of the State of Washington (July 17 2009) (+)

Meredith v. Muriel, Supreme Court of the State of Washington, (2009). Submitted two amicus briefs one on behalf of Legal Momentum and a second on behalf of the National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women in a case in which an abuser appealed the issuance of a protection order containing a prohibition against the abuser communicating with the Department of Homeland Security regarding his wife. One brief (K & L Gates, Pro Bono) provided social science documentation of the harm to victims and the lethality of immigration related abuse and discussed the history and purpose of VAWA confidentiality protections.

[pdf] Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Koch Foods 5th Circuit (October 22 2015) (+)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Koch Foods. NIWAP Inc. collaborated with Latino Justice, the law firms of Arnold and Porter and Procopio, and Legal Momentum to submit an amicus brief to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in an interlocutory appeal of a Federal District Court decision to allow an employer who employed supervisors who perpetrated rape, sexual assault, felonious assault, extortion, sexual harassment and other discrimination against workers to use civil court discovery in an EEOC enforcement action to obtain copies of the victim’s VAWA confidentiality protected U visa case files. The brief provided legislative history of the VAWA confidentiality provisions and the U visa and discussed the public policy effects on victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes if discovery of VAWA confidentiality protected information is allowed in civil cases. (October 22, 2015)

[pdf] United States V. Luciana Moreno-Lopez; (June 7 2010) United States District Court, Eastern District of Chattanooga (+)

Amicus brief in a case in which undocumented workers had been victims of extortion, when the workers complained to EEOC and the Department of Labor the employer retaliated by triggering the employees detention by the Department of Homeland Security.
The workers filed and received U-visas as victims of extortion despite this fact, the U.S. attorney brought charges
against the workers for document fraud. This amicus brief, filed in the employees’ criminal case, described the
history and purpose of the U-visa as humanitarian relief and a tool for law enforcement.

[pdf] Agriprocessors Postville, Iowa, (December 8 2008) Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit (+)

Amicus brief filed for the reversal of the decision by the Court of Appeals from the Eighth Circuit in the case of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s workplace raid at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. ICE demonstrated the practical effects of failing to require knowledge of the defining element of 18 US.C. § 1028A—whether the identification at issue is “of another person.” In Postville, the crime of aggravated identity theft, which carries a two-year mandatory sentence enhancement, was stretched to reach immigrant workers with low levels of culpability. The Eighth Circuit’s reading produced arbitrary results. These arbitrary results were not necessary, as Congress’s false document scheme provides for independent and flexible punishment when immigrants knowingly use false documents. By extending the charge of aggravated identity theft beyond its intended bounds, the Eighth Circuit’s reading of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A contravened the bedrock criminal law principle that punishment should be calibrated to culpability. This brief argues that the Court should therefore limit its interpretation of the knowledge requirement in 18 U.S.C. § 1028A to reinforce the link between culpability and punishment and avoid undermining Congress’s immigration law.

[pdf] Francisco Ramirez, Jacqueline Reyes-Mendoza, And Their Minor Child B.R., v Hon. Daylene A. Marsh and David Paulino Padilla-Suazo (August 14 2023) Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico (+)

Francisco Ramirez, Jacqueline Reyes-Mendoza, And Their Minor Child B.R., v Hon. Daylene A. Marsh and David Paulino Padilla-Suazo Emergency petition for writ of superintending control to the New Mexico Supreme Court in a sexual assault case in which a state court judges ordered U visa applicant victims to turn over in criminal court discovery information contained in the victim’s VAWA confidentiality protected case in violation of federal law. NIWAP is being represented in this appeal by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; (June 27 2023)

[pdf] USCIS Opens the Humanitarian, Adjustment, Removing Conditions and Travel Documents (HART) Service Center (March 30, 2023) (+)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is announcing the opening of the Humanitarian, Adjustment, Removing Conditions, and Travel Documents (HART) Service Center, the sixth service center within its Service Center Operations (SCOPS) directorate, and the first to focus on humanitarian and other workload cases. The cases HART opened with adjudicating are: VAWA self-petitions (I-360), U visa bona fide determinations (I-918), Relative Petition for Asylees and Refugees (I-730) and Applications for waivers of reentry bars for immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.

[pdf] Chapter 03.6: U-Visas: Victims of Criminal Activity (August 8, 2023) (+)

Full chapter excerpt from “Breaking Barriers: A Complete Guide to Legal Rights and Resources for Battered Immigrants” to assist advocates and attorneys in identifying sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crime victims who may be eligible for U-visa immigration status and to provide resources to help advocates and attorneys work together to prepare U-visa applications for immigrant crime victims.

[pdf] Chapter 10: U Visas: Victims of Criminal Activity (August 8, 2023) (+)

Chapter from “Empowering Survivors: Legal Rights of Immigrant Victims of Sexual Assault” to assist advocates and attorneys in identifying sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crime victims who may be eligible for U-visa immigration status and to provide resources to help advocates and attorneys work together to prepare U-visa applications for immigrant crime victims.

[pdf] Minnesota v. Daniel Salvador Niola Agudo (June 26, 2023) (+)

Minnesota Court of Appeals in an unpublished ruling decided that district court did not abuse its discretion by excluding expert testimony regarding the U visa process and the victim’s immigration status from the criminal case. As the district court observed, Niola failed to establish any connection between the U visa process and the child’s allegations that would make immigration evidence more than minimally relevant to this case. The district court excluded evidence of the child’s and her mother’s immigration status as both irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.

[pdf] Access to Publicly Funded Legal Services for Immigrant Survivors (2014) (+)

In 2014, the Legal Service Corporation (LSC) issued regulations confirming that all immigrant crime victims are legally eligible for LSC funded legal services under anti-abuse regulations. This brochure discusses immigration status based eligibility as well as eligibility under anti-abuse laws. It provides advocates with a guide to immigrant crime victim access to LSC funded legal services, including an illustration on how VAWA, U-visa, and trafficking victims become eligible for LSC representation.

[pdf] FBI Bulletin, The U Visa An Effective Resource for Law Enforcement (March 15, 2011) (+)

Law enforcement personnel strive for strong connections with all citizens. In pursuit of this goal, striking an appropriate balance—one that punishes wrongdoers while protecting victims—can present a challenge. One way that officers not only can foster better relationships with immigrant communities but also increase offender accountability, promote public safety, and help ensure that crimes translate into convictions is to promote awareness of the U visa, which provides important immigration benefits to cooperating crime victims. In this article for the FBI Bulletin the authors discuss the fear of deportation has created a class of silent victims and undermined officers’ attempts at community-oriented policing among immigrant populations. They opine that the U visa helps improve relations with these communities, increase the reporting of criminal activity, enable provision of services to victims, and enhance the prosecution of violent perpetrators. Also, the authors feel that officers may have misconceptions about the U visa and not recognize its effectiveness as a tool. They hope that this article will help clarify the intent, purpose, and benefits of the U visa to the law enforcement community.

[pdf] USCIS is creating HART Virtual Service Center for Humanitarian Immigration Relief (March 39, 2023) (+)

This newsletter informs the field attorneys, judges, victim advocates , police, and prosecutors about the opening of the USCIS HART Service Center that will specialize in adjudicating cases involving immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse and other crimes and will help victims gain access to work authorization more swiftly and greater protections against deportation. This newsletter also discusses new U visa certification policies at the U.S. Department of Labor that will help immigrant victims of labor trafficking.

[pdf] Minnesota U and T Visa Certification Law (July 1, 2021) (+)

The Minnesota state U and T visa certification law requires law enforcement agencies in Minnesota to respond to U and T visa requests within 90 days and within 14 days if the victim is in removal proceedings. Requires law enforcement agencies to designate certifiers, respond timely to requests for certification, conduct outreach informing the community about certification, keep records of requests, implement language access plans and prohibits disclosure of information about persons seeking certification.

[pdf] Setting Up the Crime and Abuse Victim Protection Directorate at USCIS (August 23, 2022) (+)

This report submitted to the Ombudsman for USCIS argues for moving all of the adjudications of VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas, Battered Spouse Waivers, Work Authorizations for Abused Spouses of Visa Holders and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Petitions into one adjudication system with expert adjudication staff and managers that specialize in these forms of immigration relief. The goal of which will be to speed up the wait time between filing and receipt of deferred action and work authorization for immigrant victims. This paper contributed to the creation of the HART Service Center that USCIS announced the opening of on March 30, 2023. To receive any of the attachments cited in this report contact NIWAP at info@niwap.org.

[pdf] Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons; Eligibility for “T” Nonimmigrant Status USCIS-2011-0010 (September 13, 2021) (+)

NIWAP comment seek a final T visa rule that provides further clarification and instruction regarding the T visa Trauma Exception. These comments explain why defining “trauma” will help T visa applicants know if they qualify for the physical and psychological trauma exception to the law enforcement cooperation requirement. These comments further explain why immigrant victims eligible for T visas, U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, and for VAWA cancellation of removal and VAWA suspension of deportation should, by default, not be subject to reinstatement of removal proceedings, unless certain qualifications are met. These regulations provide USCIS an opportunity to also address the ongoing problems being caused for all immigration relief eligible victims by ending DHS’s 17-year delay to implement VAWA 2005’s Congressional instruction that DHS exercise its discretion to not reinstate removal against T visa, U visa, VAWA self-petitioner, VAWA cancellation and VAWA suspension applicants and eligible victims.

[pdf] Comparing Inadmissibility Waivers Available to Immigrant Victims in VAWA Self-Petitioning, U Visa, T Visa and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases (December 26, 2022) (+)

This chart was developed to assist prosecutors, judges and attorneys representing immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, child abandonment, child neglect, and other U visa listed criminal activities to promote a better understanding of the inadmissibility factors that apply, do not apply, or could be waivable for each of the primary forms of immigration relief immigrant victims of crime and abuse are eligible to receive under U.S. immigration laws. This document contains detailed footnotes citing and explaining the statutes and regulations that govern inadmissibility for immigrant crime victims.

[pdf] Legislative History of VAWA (94,00,05), T and U-Visas, Battered Spouse Waiver, and VAWA Confidentiality (January 5, 2023) (+)

This document recounts the legislative history of laws offering protection for victims of domestic violence sexual assault and human trafficking with a particular focus on the immigration relief developed by Congress to protect immigrant survivors.

[pdf] USCIS Naturalization for Lawful Permanent Residents Who Had T or U Nonimmigrant Status (September 21, 2022) (+)

Fact Sheet developed by USCIS describing the benefits and process for immigrant victims of trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or other criminal activities who were granted T or U visas and obtained lawful permanent residency through the T visa or U visa programs.

[pdf] Relevancy of a Victim’s Immigration Status in State Criminal Court Proceedings (August 24, 2022) (+)

This publication provides prosecutors with case law and statutory analysis regarding when and under what circumstances a victim’s immigration status is considered relevant or irrelevant in a criminal case. It looks at how courts across the country handle evidence of a victim’s immigration status generally, addresses how courts treat a witness’s immigration status evidence in criminal proceedings, in particular, and offers prosecutors strategies and useful resources.

[pdf] Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration Policies Released in 2021 and 2022 That Are Important for Immigrant Survivors (May 17, 2022) (+)

This document contains a list of policies issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that are important to and impact cases of immigrant survivors of crime and abuse that enhance both protections from deportation for survivors and access to immigration relief under the following programs: VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Battered Spouse Waivers and INA Section 106 Work Authorization for Abused Spouses of A, E(3), G and H visa holders. The link to each policy is followed by a description of the policy and how it is helpful to immigrant survivors.

[pdf] DHS Takes Victim-Centered Approach Press Release (October 20, 2021) (+)

Press release describing the role all components of DHS have been directed to take to ensure that immigrant victims are treated by DHS officials in a manner that takes a victim centered approach. Describing how this approach both meets the humanitarian needs of victims and helps DHS play a role in fighting crime.

[pdf] Instructions for Request for a Fee Waiver (I-912) (September 03, 2021) (+)

USCIS Form to be used for waivers in cases of immigrant survivors:
1. Battered spouses of A, G, E-3, or H nonimmigrants (such as Forms I-485, I-601 and I-212);
2. Battered spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen under INA section 240A(b)(2);
3. T nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-192, I-485, and I-601);
4. Temporary Protected Status (such as Forms I-131, I-821 and I-601);
5. U nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-192, I-485, and I-929); or
6. VAWA self–petitioner (such as Forms I-485, I-601 and I-212).

[pdf] Bench Card: Overview of Types of Immigration Status (April 21, 2022) (+)

This bench card is designed to provide quick access for state criminal, family, and juvenile court judges to help them identify the various types of status that immigrants in the state court might have. It is aimed at assisting judges in recognizing non-citizen parties before them who might need the advice of immigration counsel or other sources of assistance as to how their immigration status might affect or be affected by actions in their state court case. In addition, it is aimed at assisting state court judges in recognizing how their actions might jeopardize a non-citizen’s immigration status.
This bench card is not meant to be an in-depth treatise on immigration law or intended to provide definitive answers regarding immigration rights. Judges using the bench card should be aware that immigration law and the DHS policies that implement U.S. immigration laws are continuously changing.

[pdf] U Visa Certification and T visa Declaration Toolkit for Federal, State and Local Judges, Commissioners, Magistrates and Other Judicial Officers (June 17, 2021) (+)

This helpful, informative U visa certification tool kit for judges and magistrates covers materials on topics such as: what is the role of judges in U visa certification, U visa quick references for judges, U visa certification introduction, U visa application flow chart, judges and the U visa certification requirement, U visa statutory and regulatory background, frequently asked questions, redacted I-918 supplement B (U nonimmigrant status certification), form I-918 supplement B (sample judges’ certification), sample information flyer for victims, resource list, sample memorandum in support of a motion for U visa certification, sample declaration for a motion for certification, glossary of terms, and collection of U visa news articles.

[pdf] Public Benefits Flow Charts: VAWA Self‐Petition and Cancellation, U-Visas, T-Visas, and SIJS (December 29, 2021) (+)

The public benefits flow charts pertain to VAWA self-petition and cancellation, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Special Juvenile Immigrant Status (SIJS). Specifically, the charts explain access to federal and state public benefits for battered immigrant spouses and children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, victims of human trafficking, U-Visa victims, and SIJS victims.

[pdf] Bench Card: U-Visa Victim Immigration and Public Benefits Eligibility Process (December 31, 2021) (+)

This benchcard discusses the eligibility requirements to qualify for a U-Visa, the application procedure for U-Visas, and possible benefits for which approved U-Visa applicants may be eligible.

[pdf] U Visa Certifications, T visa Declarations, and Continued Presence: Range of Potential Certifiers at the Local, State, and Federal Government Levels (December 30, 2021) (+)

This publication explores the range of potential certifiers whom judges should be aware of who can sign U visa and T visa certification in the court’s jurisdiction with whom the court can play a leadership role in encouraging certification by all authorized agencies. This helps attorneys and advocates working with immigrant victims identify the full range of authorized certifiers in any particular case to whom they can turn for certification. This document connects readers to training manuals for judges, law enforcement, prosecutors and Adult Protective Services agency staff that provide an overview of the U and T visa programs and detailed questions and answers for certifying agencies, and for judges who want to learn more about U and T visa certification. Additionally, this publication describes the availability of continued presence as an important option for immigrant victims of human trafficking offering protection soon after a trafficking victim has been identified that is available to human trafficking victims who could be potential witnesses in trafficking investigations or prosecutions. This document provides links to DHS publications on these subjects.

[pdf] Tip Sheet for Courts Developing U Visa Certification Protocols (December 30, 2021) (+)

This tool provides legally correct information on the U and T visa programs and on Continued Presence. It helps courts developing U visa certification and T visa declarations protocols, policies and practices base the policies being developed on up to date legally accurate information on the U and T visa programs and certification. The document also provides links to model and sample U and T visa certification polices and protocols that courts can rely upon adapt when developing court policies.

*U Visa Certification and T Visa Declaration Toolkits (Last Updated December 29, 2021)

On this page you will find the complete list of NIWAP’s U and T Visa Certification toolkits to assist agencies authorized to sign U Visa certifications and T Visa Declarations. For more information on U and T Visa Certification including access to webinars, newsletters, DHS policies, and publications click here. Toolkit for Federal, State, and […]

[pdf] Collection of U-Visa News Articles (November 7, 2017) (+)

A list of news articles intended as references to assist law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and other U visa certifiers to better understand the U visa program and their role as U-visa certifiers.

[pdf] USCIS Policy Manual Chapter 5 – Requests to Expedite Applications or Petitions (October 1, 2021) (+)

USCIS issued updated criteria for expediting adjudication of applications and petitions with its most recent update October 1, 2021. This policy can be helpful in cases of immigrant crime victims with pending VAWA self-petitions, U visa or T visa cases when the victim is detained or there is case pending before an immigration judge in which there is a date for a merits hearing set and the victim needs to have their VAWA, T or U visa case adjudication expedited so as to have a decision on that case before the victim has to appear in immigration court for a merits hearing. Importantly the new expedite criteria explicitly lists safety of the victim due to VAWA confidentiality violations as an emergency or urgent humanitarian basis for an expedite requests. Requests to expedite can be filed by attorneys for the victim including when ICE is also authorized to file expedite requests for victims in removal proceedings and with final orders of removal.

[pdf] U Visa Timeline with Background Checks (September 15, 2021) (+)

U-Visa timeline including background checks. This timeline has been updated to reflect the USCIS 2021 policies on bona fide determinations and their impact on U visa case processing which over time will provide access to protection from deportation and work authorization to U visa applicants who pass background checks and receive bona fide determinations from USCIS. Victims will remain in bona fide status while they await the date a U visa becomes available to issue them.

[pdf] U visa Certification and T visa Declaration Toolkit for Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecutors (August 30, 2021) (+)

By providing U‐visa certifications and T visa declarations law enforcement and prosecution officials add to their arsenal of crime fighting tools when immigrant victims feel safer coming forward to report crimes. This document provides the following background information on the U‐visa and T visa programs: an overview of the U‐visa and T visa; Quick Reference guides on the U and T visas, Statutory and Regulatory Background on U and T visas, Flow Charts, Protections for Family Members, Frequently Asked Questions, Timelines, Sample forms, Model policies, Screening tools, DHS brochures and infographics, and links to resource materials and news articles on U and T visa certification.

[pdf] Stories From the Field: The Crime Fighting Effectiveness of the U Visa (August 23, 2021) (+)

This publication contains a series of stories collected from law enforcement officials and prosecutors across the country illustrating how victims who have filed U visa cases in addition to assisting in the detection, investigation, prosecution, conviction and/or sentencing of the perpetrator of the crime committed against them for which they sought U visa protection, they also play a key role in the successful prosecution of other crimes.

[pdf] NIWAP Comments in Response to Request for Public Input: Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services (May 19, 2021) (+)

Comment in Response to Request for Public Input: Identifying Barriers Across U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Benefits and Services; CIS No. 2684-21; DHS Docket No. USCIS–2021–0004; RIN 1615-ZB87 discussing policy reforms needed that benefits immigrant survivors of crime and abuse.

[pdf] U Visa Certification and T Visa Declaration Toolkit for Federal, State, and Local Judges, Commissioners, Magistrates and Other Judicial Officers (June 17, 2021) (+)

This toolkit provides detailed information for state court judges on U visa and T visa certification by judges. It includes full citations to the U visa and T visa statutes and regulations and govern judicial certifications.

[pdf] U Visa Quick-Reference for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors (March 24, 2021) (+)

Part of the U Visa Certification Toolkit for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors. This quick reference guide assists law enforcement and prosecutors summarizing the U visa certification and is based on the DHS U and T Certification Resource Guide.

[pdf] Final Rule on U Visa Certifications and Elimination of the Supervisor Requirement (January 22, 2014) (+)

Letter from Police Chiefs to USCIS recommending that in the final U visa rule USCIS eliminate the supervisor requirement and allow heads of law enforcement agencies to designate any staff member they choose to sign U visa certifications on the agency’s behalf so long as the staff members is designated by the head of the agency.

[pdf] Analysis of USCIS 2019 U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide – Memo to DHS From NIWAP (September 29, 2019) (+)

This memo identifies how the 2019 USCIS Law Enforcement Resource Guide contains information that is inconsistent with the legally correct information in the U visa statue, the U visa regulations and the U visa legislative history. This document should be read together with NIWAP’s annotated version of the USCIS U Visa law Enforcement Resource Guide that identifies omissions and inaccuracies in the USCIS Resource Guide. https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/annotated-uscis-u-visa-resource-guide

[pdf] USCIS U Visa Report Technical Appendix (2020) (+)

USCIS published this technical appendix to accompany the series of U visa reports it published in 2020. The reports are: USCIS U Visa Report: U Visa Filing Trends (April 2020) https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u-visa-filing-trends; USCIS: Trends in U Visa Law Enforcement Certifications, Qualifying Crimes and Evidence of Helpfulness (July 2020) https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u_visa_lea-certs-report; USCIS: U Visa Demographics: U Visa Report (March 2020) https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uscis-u-visa-demographics; and USCIS Arrest Histories of U Visa Petitioners (April 2020) https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uscis-u-visa-victim-arrest-histories

[pdf] USCIS Fee Schedule (G-1055) (October 19,2020) (+)

This document confirms that there are no fees required for filing the VAWA self-petition, the U visa or the T visa applications. However some forms that victims may need to file related to these case types have fees associated with them and as the instructions to the USCIS Fee Waiver form indicate victims eligible for fee waivers may apply for waivers of the fees associated with the following forms:
1. Battered spouses of A, G, E-3, or H nonimmigrants (such as Forms I-485, I-601 and I-212);
2. Battered spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen under INA section 240A(b)(2);
3. T nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-192, I-485, and I-601);
4. Temporary Protected Status (such as Forms I-131, I-821 and I-601);
5. U nonimmigrant (such as Forms I-192, I-485, and I-929); or
6. VAWA self–petitioner (such as Forms I-485, I-601 and I-212).

[pdf] Nebraska U and T Visa Certification and Continued Presence Neb Rev Stat 29-217 (November 14, 2020) (+)

Nebraska’s U and T Visa Certification Law effective 11/14/20. This law addresses both U and T visa certification and requests for continued presence. The law requires that law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and any other state or local agency authorized to sign certifications in U and T visa cases within 90 days or receiving requests. Additionally, in cases of victims of human trafficking when an agency reasonably believes an individual is a victim of a severe form of human trafficking the law encourages agencies within 90 days to request that federal law enforcement officials complete continued presence requests for the victim. Requires that certifying agencies keep internal records of requests for certifications, certifications and requests for continued presence.

[pdf] Training Bulletin: Improving Crime Fighting Outcomes in Cases of Immigrant Victims (+)

The End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), in collaboration with NIWAP, published a Training Bulletin. Congress created several forms of humanitarian immigration relief to assist law enforcement agencies in building trust with, protecting and assisting immigrant and LEP crime victims in communities across the country. This immigration relief prevents perpetrators of high recidivism crimes including […]