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The following will set forth the new process by which the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) will review U-Visa petitions submitted by victims or attorneys for victims, of qualifying crimes, in an effort to promote assistance and cooperation with law enforcement.

  • Starting on January 1, 2016, CMPD will only accept U-Visa certifications for processing that are within Five (5) years from the date of the offense and when the U-Visa Application is submitted via our website or received at Police Headquarters. 
    The following cases​​​​ are exempt from the Five (5) year time limit: Homicide, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Assault With Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill and/or Inflict Serious Injury. 
  • Applicants will receive one of the following replies to their email submissions:
    a.​​​​ Your petition has been received and is being processed at this time.
    b. We were unable to validate the case based on the report numbers and or information you have provided.
    c. An arrest has been made in this case and your application must be directed to the appropriate prosecuting agency,
       (i.e.  Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office)
    d. Your petition was reviewed and is available for pick up at CMPD Headquarters. You will need to sign for the petition before
        it may be released.
    e. All U-Visa petitions must be processed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States Citizenship and
        Immigration Services (USCIS) U-Visa Processing Services within Six (6) months from when CMPD signs the I-918 Supplement B Form.
    f. Failure to comply with this time requirement through no fault of CMPD processing procedures WILL NOT be justification for
       reprocessing of a I-918 Supplement B Form. 
    g. UVisa petitions submitted for recently filed cases will not be accepted for processing if the date of the offense is less than
       Sixty (60) days from the time of the submission to the U Visa Unit. An email will be generated advising to resubmit the petition
       after Sixty (60) days from the date of the offense. This will allow time for proper investigation of the criminal case.
  • This new procedure will enable our department to streamline the system and allow for a greater accountability of a​​pplications. Once the application is received online, it will be recorded, reviewed for validation, processed, approved/disapproved then recorded for distribution back to the applicants. The applicant and/or their representative will then sign for the documents at the CMPD Headquarters, 601 East Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202.
  • Applicants may still submit their petitions via mail or in person to CMPD Headquarters however we strongly recommend using the email process as it will expedite the review of the application. If dropping them off in person you will need to come to Police Headquarters during normal business hours. Whether by mail or in person the petition and supporting documentation will need to be placed in an envelope addressed to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department,  601 East Trade Street Charlotte, NC 28202, Community Services Bureau, Attention: U-Visa Program.
  • Qualifying Crimes include:
    - Abduction- Female Genital Mutilation- Obstruction of Justice- Slave Trade
    - Abusive Sexual Contact- Hostage- Peonage- Torture
    - Blackmail- Incest- Perjury- Trafficking
    - Domestic Violence- Involuntary Servitude- Prostitution- Unlawful Criminal Restraint
    - Extortion
    - Kidnapping- Rape- Witness Tampering
    - False Imprisonment- Manslaughter- Sexual Assault- Related Crime(s)
    - Felonious Assault- Murder- Sexual Exploitation- Robbery
    - Attempt to commit any
      of the named crimes
    - Conspiracy to commit any
      of the named crimes
    - Solicitation to commit any
      of the named crimes

  • Questions regarding the U-Visa review process may be directed to the Community Services Bureau at 704-432-2041

To start the application process, fill out the attached form: https://charlottenc.seamlessdocs.com/f/UVisa_app​.