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The U-Visa is an immigration benefit given to those who were victims of certain types of crimes. The purpose is to alleviate the fear of immigrants reaching out to law enforcement and to provide an incentive for them to come forward to report a crime. One of the requirements to applying for the U-Visa is that the victim was helpful or willing to be helpful to some agency involved in the investigation of the crime. This requirement is satisfied by way of an investigating agency signing a certification verifying that the person was in fact a victim of a qualifying crime and was helpful in the investigation. This can sometimes be the most difficult part of the process because law enforcement or investigating agencies are either unwilling to sign the certification, do not make it a priority, or are simply too busy.

The purpose of the U-Visa Advocate is to minimize the burden of this certification process. The Advocate will work with the applicant, build relationships with investigating agencies, and find ways to make the certification process as easy and less cumbersome as possible for all parties involved. The Advocate will:

  • Work with applicant to complete the certification with relevant information
  • Contact the appropriate agencies involved and request signature of the certification
  • Build relationships with agencies to have good repertoire and to streamline the certification process
  • Create standardized process for requesting certifications for common agencies

Advocates must be enthusiastic and energetic about helping immigrants, accepting of religious and cultural diversity, committed and persistent in seeking intended goals, and be willing to uphold the mission and vision of Catholic Charities and represent the agency in its values.

Advocates will get the opportunity to listen to immigrants as they share a part of their stories, be an integral part of a very important step in the immigrant’s life, and help to build good and lasting relationships with agencies and promote a sense of collaboration and community. Advocates will also learn about the U-Visa process.

An additional opportunity would be for an Advocate to educate the community about this benefit in order to educate immigrants on this potential benefit to them.

Disclaimer: Time commitment can vary greatly and is dependent on the number of people who come to our office for help. Commitment could be as low as 5 hours per week.


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Requirements & Commitment

  • 5 hours per week

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