The Department is committed to serving all communities in the City, especially those vulnerable to victimization, and we recognize the value of completing U visa certifications and in supporting immigrant victims of crime who are helpful in an investigation or criminal prosecution. The City of Phoenix provides the U visa certification process to community members at no cost.
Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for information on the U nonimmigrant status (U visa), to include:
- Qualifying criminal activities
- How to apply for U nonimmigrant status (a U visa) (includes submitting the below forms)
- How to file for qualifying family members
Request for U Visa Certification
A victim may submit a request to the Department (certifying agency) to complete a USCIS Form I-918B/A by submitting a letter to the Department as outlined below.
- The qualifying criminal activity occurred in the City of Phoenix.
- Six months have passed since the qualifying criminal activity has occurred.
- The letter must be typed or clearly printed and must:
- Provide the victim's full name (including any middles names and other names, such as maiden names or nicknames), date of birth, gender, phone number, and address.
- Describe the qualifying criminal activity including the date/s and location/s of the occurrence/s.
- Provide the police report number.
- Designate a return mailing or email address directing where and to whom the Department may send written correspondence related to the request.
- Send the letter by one of the following methods:
- Email to:
- Mail to:
- Phoenix Police Department
Community Engagement Bureau (U-visa)
620 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Once the Department returns the completed and signed Form I-918B to the victim/representative, the victim/representative must submit the form to USCIS within six months of completion by the Department.