The Cedar Grove Police Department provides the following aid to the public in understanding what our responsibility is in regards to requests for T and U visa certifications. Those looking to apply are subject to the standards set forth in federal law and the instructions provided on the subsequent visa type.
The Cedar Grove Police role, after determinine if an individual meets the criteria in the T visa and U visa processes, would be filling out a declaration or certification, which informs U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about how an individual is assisting law enforcement. Individuals may not come forward if they do not have legal status in the United States. Immigration relief is a critical tool because it provides a way for individuals to feel secure and stabilize their status in the United States.
T nonimmigrant (T visa) status is a temporary immigration benefit that enables certain individuals of a severe form of human trafficking to remain in the United States for up to 4 years if they have assisted law enforcement in an investigation or prosecution of human trafficking. T nonimmigrant status is also available for certain qualifying family members of trafficking victims.
Officers will sign, if an individual qualifies, the Declaration of Law Enforcement Officers for Victims of Trafficking in Persons Form I-914B which will be provided back to the individual who will in turn mail the form to the USCIS.
U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for individuals of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.
Officers will sign, if an individual qualifies, the Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant status Certification which will be provided back to the individual who will in turn mail the form to the USCIS.
For more information please click the following link to the US immigration website US Citizenship and Immirgation Services. Or for assistance an individual can contact USCIS at 1-800-375-5283.