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U Visa Request

The San Diego Police Department is a certifying entity for U Visa Nonimmigrant Status for victims of a qualifying crime or those who may be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of a crime. SDPD only reviews requests for cases handled by SDPD.

If you believe you are the victim of a qualifying criminal activity, please visit US Citizenship and Immigration Services for information and forms necessary to petition for U Visa Nonimmigrant Status.

Submission Process

What to Include

To expedite the review of your U Visa Certification, please provide the following:

  • Cover letter including: 

    • Applicant's name
    • Date of birth
    • San Diego Police Department case number
    • Alien registration number (if applicable)
  • Self-addressed and stamped envelope
  • Copy of all related police reports (if possible)
  • NOTE: Please do not complete any information on the I-918 Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification form. If the U Visa is granted, the San Diego Police Department will complete, sign and return the form to you.

Where to Send U-Visa Certification Requests

For Domestic Violence Incidents

Your Safe Place - A Family Justice Center

Attn: U-Visa Processing

1122 Broadway, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92101 

For All Other Crime Incidents (Non-Domestic Violence)

San Diego Police Department

Attn: U-Visa Processing

1401 Broadway, Suite 700

San Diego CA 92101

Review Process

Upon receipt of your request, SDPD will:

  1. Verify the crime was investigated by the San Diego Police Department
  2. Ensure all information requested was provided
  3. Pull related reports and notes
  4. Review all information to determine if the applicant qualifies


If the applicant qualifies, we will complete an I-918, Supplement B Certification and mail it to the applicant or attorney using the self-addressed envelope provided.


If, after our review of the case file, it appears that the applicant does not qualify, we will complete a denial letter and mail it to the applicant or attorney.