Crime Victims

If you have been the victim of a crime, or are not sure, please contact the New York City Police Department. For emergencies call 911. For non-emergencies call the local precinct.

Look up contact information for each precinct

New York City law states that immigration status is confidential. City employees (including law enforcement officers) are not allowed to ask about immigration status in most situations.

Learn more about Executive Orders 34 & 41

Learn more about the City’s resources for immigrant victims of crime.

U and T Visas

Some immigrant victims of crimes may be able to get special visas called U and/or T visas. These visas protect victims of certain crimes who help law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of those crimes. U and T visas provide the following benefits:

  • Temporary status for up to 4 years
  • Allow you to apply for employment authorization
  • Allow you to apply for temporary status for certain family members
  • Allow U/T visa holders and family members to apply for permanent residence (sometimes known as a "green card")

Learn more about U visas

Learn more about T visas

Applying for a U or T visa

In order to apply for a U or T visa, you must get a signed form from a law enforcement officer or certain government officials, and then submit an application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

There is free legal help available to help you submit an application for a U or T visa. We recommend speaking to an immigration lawyer to see if you can get a U or T visa or another form of relief. Learn more about getting free legal help or call the State Office of New Americans Hotline for a referral at (800) 566-7636.

Law Enforcement Forms for U Visa Applications

Before you apply for a U visa, you must get a signed Law Enforcement Certification form from a law enforcement official or other qualified government official confirming that:

  • You were a victim of a certain kind of crime
  • You know something about the crime
  • You are or will be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of the crime

Download a copy of the law enforcement certification form

The below New York City agencies accept requests for Law Enforcement Certification Forms for U visa applications. Each agency has its own guidelines on how to request certification. Click on the links below to find out how to request a certification from a particular agency.

Law Enforcement Forms for T Visa Applications

When applying for a T visa, you can, but are not required, to get a signed Law Enforcement Declaration form from a law enforcement official or other qualified government official confirming:

  • You are a victim of trafficking
  • You have done what law enforcement officers have asked you to do

Download a copy of the certification form for T visas

The below New York City agencies accept requests for Law Enforcement Declaration Forms for T visa applications. Each agency has its own guidelines on how to request a declaration. Click on the links below to find out how to request a declaration from a particular agency.