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).
- 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.
- Specific procedures to be followed by police personnel for processing the requests are can be found by following this link to the Bernardsville Police Department Standard Operations Procedures Manual Chapter IV, Section 22, Sub section 1.
- 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