U Visas & T Visas
Under federal law, certain undocumented crime victims who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse and are helpful to law enforcement are eligible to apply for a U non-immigrant status visa (U Visa). The U visa allows eligible victims to live and work in the United States for up to four years with the possibility of obtaining permanent resident status. To qualify, a victim must obtain certification from a local, state or federal law enforcement agency documenting his/her helpfulness in the investigation and prosecution of the designated crime of which he or she was a victim.
T non-immigrant status (T Visa) may be granted to victims of severe forms of human trafficking. A T visa allows victims to remain in the United States to assist law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. Although not required, victims are strongly encouraged to submit a declaration from a law enforcement agency stating the victim has complied with reasonable requests from law enforcement.
If a victim believes he or she may qualify for a U visa or T visa, the victim or his or her representative must complete the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Form I-918, Supplement B (for U Visa) or Form I-914, Supplement B (for T Visa) and submit it to the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office for consideration. Both forms are available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Website.
Should you need more information or assistance on completing the above-referenced Visas, please call the District Attorney’s Office at 570-825-1674.