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USCIS publishes U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

  1. Original Date Announced

    July 31, 2019

    USCIS publishes a guide for law enforcement and other certifying agencies that includes overview of U visa certification process; guidance for certifying agencies and officials; answers to frequently asked questions from judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and other officials; DHS contact information for certifying agencies on U visa issues; and training resources. [ID #765]

    U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide (2019)
  2. Effective Date

    July 31, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: U/T/VAWA Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS State & Local Entities

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • Previously, this guide has addressed certifying procedures for both the T and U visa programs. This publication is focused solely on U visa certification practices. Unlike the 2016 guide, this guide emphasizes that certifying agencies have no obligation under federal law to complete and sign form I-918B and that agencies can withdraw at any time. It also references fraudulent claims and specifies that eligible victims must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse.

    U and T Visa Law Enforcement Guide (2016)


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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