On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 1-2:30 PM (EDT), USCIS will hold a listening session to discuss the law enforcement certification process for U visa nonimmigrant status and possible changes being considered that would broaden the definition of a “certifying official”.
Our immigration attorneys in Los Angeles will be present for the listening session and welcome the idea of broadening the certifying official role as it creates more hope for immigrant victims of crimes and encourages better cooperation with law enforcement.
USCIS is currently seeking feedback on a possible modification to the U visa regulations, which would give police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and other agency heads the ability to designate other individuals as certifies. Supervisors, subject matter experts, or other officials that the agency head deems appropriate could be used as U visa certifying officials.
If you are interested in learning more about U visa, or participating in the listening session yourself, contact our Los Angeles immigration lawyer now.