State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
The State's Attorney's Office has recognized the need to serve victims of certain crimes through a U Visa Certification form. The U Visa is an immigration benefit that can be sought by these victims who have cooperated or who are currently assisting law enforcement in the investigation of a crime, prosecution of a crime, or who are likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of a crime.
Individuals who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of certain crimes and who have been helpful or are likely to be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of that crime are eligible to apply. The fact that the criminal activity occurred a number of years prior to the current request or that the case in which the applicant is the victim is closed is not a determinative factor at this stage. There are no statute of limitations on signing the law enforcement certification. A law enforcement certification can even be submitted for a victim in a closed case. A list of qualifying criminal activity is found on Form I-918 Supplement Part 3 (www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/forms/i-918.pdf?download=1) which includes domestic violence, abduction, extortion, false imprisonment, felonies, assault, manslaughter, murder, sexual assault, prostitution, etc.
Submit a written request with completed application (Form I-918 B) to:
Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office
Attn: Rita Bravo
400 W. State Street, Suite 619
Rockford, Il 61101
Expedited requests pursuant to SB0034 Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES Act): If you believe that you qualify pursuant to SB0034, Section 4-5, for an expedited response, you must clearly indicate that statutaory exception and provide & include documentation to establish that you qualify under the exception so that the certification form can be completed within the statutory exception time period for which you qualify.
DISCLAIMER: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, a certifying official's completion of a certification form shall not be considered sufficient evidence that an applicant for a U or T Visa has met all eligibility requirements for that Visa and completion of a certification form by a certifying official shall not be construed to guarantee that the victim will receive federal immigration relief. It is the exclusive responsibility of federal immigration officials to determine whether a person is eligible for a U or T Visa. Completion of a certification form by a certifying official merely verifies factual information relevant to the federal immigration benefit sought, including information relevant for federal immigration officials to determine eligibility for a U or T Visa. By completing a certification form, the certifying official attests that the information is true and correct to the best of the certifying official's knowledge.
If, after completion of a certification form, the certifying official later determines the person was not the victim of qualifying criminal activity or the victim unreasonably refuses to assist in the investigation or prosecution of the qualifying criminal activity of which he or she is a victim, the certifying offical may notify United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in writing. (SB0034)
For more information please visit: www.uscis.gov or see SB0034.
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