U-Visa and T-Visa Applications

Policy Statement Summary

It is the policy of the Bernardsville Police Department that all U-Visa and T-Visa applications for Non Immigrant Status will be given careful and serious consideration. All Department personnel shall be familiar the Department’s policies and procedures related to U- Visa and T-Visa Applications consistent with  the New Jersey Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Directive No. 2018-6 (Immigrant Trust Directive) and Somerset County Prosecutors Office General Order V8 C5 (2019).

Procedures

  • The Bernardsville Police Department has established procedures for processing requests for T- and U-visa certifications (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101(a)(15)(T) and 1101(a)(15)(U)) from potential victims of crime or human trafficking).
  • Upon receipt of a request for a certification related to a T-Visa or U-Visa Application, a case record will be generated. The request will be turned over to the Detective Bureau for consideration pursuant to procedures established by the Bernardsville Police Department.
  • All requests for certifications related to T-Visa and U-Visa applications will be processed within 120 days of the request being made to the Police Department.
  • T-Visa certifications. For T-visa certification requests, the procedure includes a determination of whether, pursuant to the standards set forth in federal law and instructions to USCIS Form I-914 Supplement B, the requester:
    • Is or has been a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons; and
    • Has complied with requests for assistance in an investigation or prosecution of the crime of trafficking.
  • U-visa certifications. For U-visa certification requests, the procedure includes a determination of whether, pursuant to the standards set forth in federal law and instructions to USCIS Form I-918 Supplement B, the applicant:
    • Is a victim of a qualifying criminal activity; and
    • Was, is, or is likely to be, helpful in the investigation or prosecution of that activity.
  • Questions regarding T-Visa and U-Visa Certifications can be directed to the Bernardsville Police Department Detective Bureau by calling (908) 766 – 0037 during regular business hours.
  • All requests for T-Visa and U-Visa Certifications should be submitted in writing to the Bernardsville Police Department, Attn: Detective Bureau, 166 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924