T Visa Green Card Application Process
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.
GenerallyThe 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.
EligibilityTo 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.
Application ProcessTo 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
Green Card Through T VisaYou may apply for permanent residence by submitting Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. You must have been lawfully admitted to the United States as a T nonimmigrant and must continue to hold such status at the time of application.
Green Card ProcessThe following information should be submitted along with your Form I-485:
Two passport-style photos
Form G-325A, Biographic Information, if you are between 14 and 79 years of age
Copy of birth certificate
Form I-693, Report of Medical Exam and Vaccination Record
Copy of Form I-94, Entry/Exit Record
Copies of all pages in your passport. If you do not have a passport, you should submit an explanation of why you do not have a passport.
A list showing the dates of all arrivals and departures from the United States while you were in T nonimmigrant status with an explanation for each departure of why you left the United States;