U VISA CERTIFICATION SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO APPROACH
One of the key aspects of filing a U Visa application for a client is being able to secure certification from an appropriate law enforcement agency. Some common obstacles one may face are as follows:
The law enforcement agency may have a policy of not certifying if the case has been closed.
Another common issue is that all the particular agency may have a policy of not providing any certifications at all.
Alternatively, it may be that for whatever reason, the agency does not respond to the request for certification.
Some suggestions to securing U visa certification is as follows:
- Be courteous and persistent and pursue all eligible law enforcement agencies. This can include the Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies (local police); Federal, State and Local prosecutors’ offices; Federal, State and Local Judges (Judge who presided over the prosecution); Federal, State, and Local Family Protective Services; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Federal and State Departments of Labor; and Other investigative agencies.
- A law enforcement agency (such as the local police)may indicate that they have a policy not to provide certification. In such cases, check to see if you can pursue the matter with Attorney General’s office, especially if there was successful prosecution of the offender.
- Talk to local practitioners and see what their experience has been when dealing with local authorities and their certification policies.
- Make sure you are contacting the appropriate party within the agency who can provide the certification.
It is possible that one agency declines to provide the certification and another one provides certification without issues. The key is to be persistent and ensure that the client meets the U visa eligibility guidelines.
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