while U visas were created to help immigrants report crimes, police departments often don’t uphold their end of the bargain. Congress created the U visa in 2000, which ensured that victims or witnesses of domestic violence, sexual assault, felonious assault, and a number of other qualifying crimes would not be deported if they work with law enforcement to solve the crimes. The first step of the application process includes getting a certification from a police department, prosecutor’s office, or other government agency that speaks to the applicant’s involvement in the investigation or prosecution process. Despite the visa’s proven benefits to law enforcement, many agencies still decline to offer assistance by signing the certification.





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When It’s Up to the Cops if You Get Your Visa.