Minneapolis Police Department U-Visa Applications

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) accepts U-Visa applications from individuals who may qualify for a U-Visa as crime victims under federal guidelines.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo believes that the U-Visa program fosters positive relationships between the MPD and immigrant communities and it offers assistance to vulnerable immigrant victims who come forward, report criminal activities, and are helpful in the detection, investigation, prosecution, conviction, and/or sentencing of a violent offender.

All U-Visa applications are reviewed on a regular basis by a Minneapolis Police lieutenant before making a determination to certify or deny the application.

Where to send Minneapolis Police Department certification requests

Please mail completed U Visa certification requests to: 
 Minneapolis Police Department
 Attn: Linda Koenig
 350 South Fifth Street, Room 108
 Minneapolis, MN 55415

What to include in MPD certification requests

All certification requests must include the following items:
1. The Form I-918 Supplement B, (Parts 1, 2 & 3 ONLY) filled out completely. Leave the remaining parts 4, 5 and 6 BLANK. This needs to be done for each individual requesting a U-Visa.
2. Cover letter explaining how the victim was helpful.
3. A self-addressed, postage paid, return envelope for all items requested to be returned 

For expedited (rush) requests,  contact Lt. Veliz by email at [email protected] or cell phone at 612.695.0217. In your email, please note in bold in the subject line of your cover letter, “Applicant (or derivative applicant) in removal proceedings. Please expedite.” Please also provide proof of removal proceedings, such as a copy of the notice to appear.   

A link to the I-918 Supplement B can be found at the website listed below:

Request MPD Data

The MPD Records Information Unit handles all requests for Minneapolis Police department data in accordance with department policy and Minnesota Data Practices law under Minnesota State Statute 13.82. To request MPD Data or check the status of an existing request go to Requesting MPD Data.

Learn more about MPD Immigration Policies and U-Visa

MPD Policies Regarding Immigration (link to video) 

Public Safety in Immigrant Communities Forum (links to video)

City of Minneapolis U and T Visa Certification Ordinance

In Minneapolis and St. Paul, a push to make applying for crime victim visas easier (Star Tribune article)


For questions, concerns and suggestions regarding the U Visa certification program, contact:
Commander Giovanni Veliz
Special Crimes Investigations Division
350 South 5th Street-Room 108
Minneapolis, MN 554125

Office: 612.673.5437
Cell: 612.695.0217
Email: [email protected]

MPD U-Visa Related Information 



Last updated Sep 3, 2019



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