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A U-Visa is administered by the Department of Homeland Security, providing immigration protection for victims and their qualifying family members of qualifying crimes, who are helpful to law enforcement in the detection, investigation or prosecuting of criminal activity.
The U-Visa generally allows victims to remain and work in the U.S. for 4 years, although in some cases this may be extended.
A T-Visa provides immigration benefits to victims of trafficking and their qualifying family members. U.S. federal law lists sex trafficking and labor trafficking as a “severe form of trafficking in persons”.
Sex trafficking: When someone recruits, harbors, transports, provides, solicits, patronizes, or obtains a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, where the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or the person being induced to perform such act is under 18 years of age; or
Labor trafficking: When someone recruits, harbors, transports, provides, or obtains a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Our office is only able to assist with T-Visas that are sought relevant to a trafficking crime in our office.
How to request certification through our office
Once the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office receives your application, we will edit and add information as necessary.
Submit your paperwork
Email your cover letter and the completed form as an editable PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, email or call 206-477-3743 to reach the Victim Assistance Unit.
Your application is reviewed and processedKing County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has 90 days to review and process the application, then send it to the correct certifying official for review. In some urgent cases, such as when the victim is in federal immigration removal proceedings, it is required that we execute the certification within 14 days of receiving the request (RCW 7.98.020).
Peace in the Home Helpline
Phone: 1 (888) 847-7205
Connects callers to an advocate that speaks their language. This is an automated system: wait until you hear your language and select that language.
- Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website to find out if someone is in immigration custody
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Know Your Rights
- Financial Help for Immigrants for financial help available in Washington and other states for immigrants
Colectiva Legal del Pueblo
Provides immigration-related legal advice, information, representation and education to low-income Washington State residents. U-Visa and T-Visa information available.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Phone: 206-587-4009 or 1-800-445-5771
Provides immigration-related legal advice, information, representation, and education to low-income Washington State residents. U-Visa and T-Visa information available.
U-Visa Information from King County Sheriff
U-Visa Information from Seattle Police Department
Frequently asked questions and other information regarding U-Visas, the application process, qualifying crimes and eligibility.
Washington State Department of Commerce
Offers helpful resources in several languages, links to find a certifying agency, and information on free or low-cost legal service providers.