The following guide is intended as a general overview of the types of special immigrant status visas, including T Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking.
The T-1 visa is for victims of human trafficking and intended to prevent their deportation. The visa strengthens the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute human trafficking, and also offer protection to victims. Certain qualifying family members are eligible for a derivative T visa.
To be eligible for an T visa, a person must:
o The person must be the victim of "severe trafficking" in persons;
o The person must be physically present in the United States;
o Unless the person is less than 18 years old, the Attorney General and the Secretary of State must agree the person complied with a reasonable request by law enforcement authorities to assist in the investigation or prosecution of such trafficking or in the investigation of crimes where acts of trafficking are at least one central reason for the crime; and
o The person would "suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm" if the person was sent back home.
To apply for a T Visa, you must submit the following:
Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status
Form I-914, Supplement B to show law enforcement agency support
Three passport size photographs
A personal statement explaining how you were a victim of trafficking (on the Form I-914)
Evidence to show you the meet eligibility requirements
Certain qualifying family members are eligible for a derivative T visa.
If you are under 21 years of age, you may apply on behalf of your spouse, children, parents and unmarried siblings under age 18. If you are over 21 years of age, you may apply on behalf of your spouse and children. To apply for a qualified family member, you must file a Form I-914, Supplement A, Application for Immediate Family Member of T-1 Recipient (PDF, 1.05 MB), at the same time as your application or at a later time.
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