To Protect Victims of Human Trafficking
A T Visa (T Non-immigrant) is for those who are or have been victims of human trafficking. It protects victims and allows them to remain in the U.S. to assist in an investigation of human trafficking. T-1 visa users may also qualify for a green card application.
T NON-IMMIGRANT VISA
Qualifications for a T Non-immigrant Visa:
- Are/Were a victim of trafficking as defined by either of the following:
- Sex trafficking in which sexual acts were performed for money or other economic benefits if said sexual acts were forced, fraud, coerced, or performed by a minor (under age 18)
- Recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of the victim for labor or other services for the purpose of subjection to slavery, involuntary servitude, peonage, or debt bondage.
- Due to trafficking, you are currently in the U.S., American Samoa, The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or at another port of entry.
- You have complied with any reasonable request for a law enforcement agency for assistance in human trafficking investigation
- Demonstrate that you would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and sever harm if you were removed from the U.S.
- Are admissible to the U.S. (if not admissible, you may apply for a Form I-192 waiver)
- Evidence to show you meet the eligibility requirements
- A personal statement explaining how you were a victim of trafficking. This personal statement should describe, to the best of your ability, the following:
- The circumstances of your entry into the U.S.
- The purpose for which you were brought to the U.S.
- How you were recruited or otherwise became involved in the trafficking situation
- When these events took place
- Who was responsible
- How long you were detained by the traffickers
- How and when you escaped, were rescued, or otherwise became separated from the traffickers
- What you have been doing since you were separated from the traffickers
- Why you were unable to leave the U.S. after you were separated from the traffickers
- What harm or mistreatment you fear if you are removed from the U.S.
- Why you fear you would be harmed or mistreated
Green Card for T non-immigrant status
Qualifications to Apply for a Green Card. You must be:
- Physically Present in the U.S. for
- At least 3 continuous years while holding a T-1 status OR
- A continuous period during the trafficking investigation and the Attorney General has determined the investigation is complete
- Good Moral Character since first being admitted as a T-1
- Complied with any reasonable request for assistance in the investigation of human trafficking since being admitted as a T-1
- Would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm upon removal from the U.S.
- Admissible to the U.S. as a permanent resident