Unfortunately, the law does not explicitly define what is meant by “helpful” to law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of severe crimes. However, there are few guidelines provided by USCIS.
Helpfulness means that you, as a victim of the qualifying criminal activity, were assisting law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution.
You may be considered helpful if you:
- have provided information about criminal activity to law enforcement, are currently assisting, or are prone to provide information in the future in the investigation and prosecution the criminals involved;
- have not unreasonably refused the request for cooperation.
This means that law enforcement can decide if you were “helpful” and whether they should fill out the certification. If there was an initiation of cooperation, and you have not refused or have not provided information and assistance reasonably requested by law enforcement, you will certainly qualify. Also, if you are guilty of the qualifying criminal activity, USCIS will not approve your petition.