Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy



In compliance with the Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive No. 2018-6, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is formalizing procedures concerning the receiving and processing of requests for U and T Nonimmigrant Status Certifications from victims of qualifying crimes.


Upon receipt of a request for a U-visa or T-visa Nonimmigrant Status Certification, the request (and case file) will be forwarded to the Assistant Prosecutor who is assigned to the case involving the requesting victim or family member, for review and response.

The Assistant Prosecutor will review the USCIS Form 9-918 Supplement B or USCIS Form 9-914 Supplement B and any other additional documents provided by the requestor. It must be confirmed that the requesting party was a victim of a qualifying criminal activity or the requestor is a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons, if applicable. If there are any problems or mistakes in the form, it will be returned to the sender for correction.

For purposes of a T-visa request, the Assistant Prosecutor will determine if the victim has cooperated with the law enforcement agency or officer’s requests for assistance in an investigation or prosecution of a crime where trafficking is at least one central reason for the commission of that crime.

Upon completion of the review of the case file, Supplement B form and any other documents provided, the Assistant Prosecutor will determine if the necessary criteria for the request for the visa certification have been met by the requestor. If approval appears to be justified, the form and attachments will be forwarded to the First Assistant Prosecutor for final review and certification if appropriate. The review process should be completed within 60 days of the receipt of a request for a U or T visa certification, with the documents returned to the requestor.

Extreme Risk Protection Order

The “Extreme Risk Protective Order” Act of 2018 established a civil procedure whereby a petitioner can obtain an Extreme Risk Protective Order (“ERPO”) against a person (“respondent”) who is an “immediate and present” danger to her/himself or others and who owns, possesses, receives, purchases, or has custody or control of a firearm.

A petitioner is defined as: a family or household member of the respondent, including a current or former spouse, present or former household member, current or former dating partner, or an individual who has or will have a child in common, or a law enforcement officer acting in his/her official capacity.

An ERPO prohibits the respondent from possessing firearms and ammunition, and orders the surrender of firearms, ammunition, and any Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and firearm permits by the respondent.

An individual seeking an ERPO should contact their local police department.

Additional information about ERPOs is provided in the video linked below.

Watch ERPO Video

Local Bergen County Resources for Victims of Crime

Bergen County Department of Health Services

HIV Testing and Counseling Center
120 South River Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 336-3350

Bergen County Board of Social Services

218 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
(201) 368-4200

The Audrey Hepburn Children's House

12 2nd St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(551) 996-2271

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

190 Moore Street, Suite 100
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 487-2166

Women's Rights Information Center

108 West Palisade Ave Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 568-1166

Care Plus NJ, Inc.

610 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 265-8200

Bergen's Promise

3 University Plaza Dr.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 712-1170

Bergen County Courts