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.
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 the City’s resources for immigrant victims of crime.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.