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King County Sheriff

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   King County Sheriff

Emergency: Call 9-1-1

Call (206) 296-3311 24-hours to report a neighborhood problem or a crime that is not an emergency.

King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave
Room W-150
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-4155
TTY Relay: 7-1-1












U-VISA - I-918, Petition for Nonimmigrant Status Certification 

Administered by the Department of Homeland Security, a U-Visa allows immigration protection for victims of qualifying crimes and their qualifying family members (as appropriate), who are helpful to law enforcement in the detention, investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.  This is a temporary visa that can be valid up to four years, and in some cases may be extended. 

U-Visa’s are not automatic, and can only be granted if the appropriate paperwork is sent to Homeland Security via the law enforcement agency where the criminal activity occurredU-VISA_photo_1

If the incident(s) occurred within the jurisdiction of the King County Sheriff’s Office, then applicants submit their completed I-918 documents for certification.  The certifying official is Sheriff John Urquhart. 

In order to certify a petition, the petitioner should submit evidence, attached to their petition, of their cooperation with law enforcement. Sheriff’s deputies or detectives involved must concur that a U-Visa applicant has both cooperated with law enforcement and will cooperate in any subsequent prosecution before Sheriff Urquhart certifies the application. 

Requests should be forwarded to Sara Fitzgibbons, Records Supervisor, for research and processing. The file will then be forwarded to Sheriff Urquhart for final authorization/signature of certification. 

The King County Sheriff’s Office is under no legal obligation to sign off on a declaration and may do so at its discretion.  Certification does not automatically grant an immigration benefit.  Without law enforcement certification, the U-Visa will be denied. 

For more information on the process and forms required, please visit


Forward requests to the following address: 

King County Sheriff
Attn: Sara Fitzgibbons
516 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

For questions email or telephone: (206) 263-2644