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Immigration / 2.02.2024

Navigating the Path to Safety: Understanding T Visas

Navigating the Path to Safety: Understanding T Visas

T visas are a vital immigration option designed to protect victims of human trafficking. Understanding the intricacies of T visas is crucial for those seeking safety and a fresh start in the United States.

What is a T Visa?

The T visa is a non-immigrant visa category that provides temporary legal status to victims of human trafficking. This visa was created as part of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) to offer protection and support to individuals who have been subjected to severe forms of trafficking.


To be eligible for a T visa, a person must meet the following criteria:

1. Victim of Trafficking: A person must be a victim of a certain types of trafficking, including labor or sex trafficking.

2. Cooperation with Law Enforcement: A person must be willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases, unless they are under 18 years old or unable to cooperate due to trauma.

3. Physical Presence in the United States: A person must be physically present in the United States or a U.S. territory as a result of the trafficking.

4. Admissibility: A person must be admissible to the United States or qualify for a waiver of any grounds of inadmissibility.

Benefits of T Visas:

1. Work Authorization: T visa holders are eligible for work authorization, allowing them to support themselves and rebuild their lives in the United States.

2. Access to Public Benefits: T visa recipients can access certain public benefits to help them on their path to recovery.

3. Derivative Status for Family: Certain family members of T visa recipients may be eligible for derivative T visa status, providing them with legal protection as well.

The Application Process:

1. Form I-914: The main application for a T visa is Form I-914, which should be filed with supporting documentation.

2. Law Enforcement Certification: Applicants aged 18 or older must obtain a law enforcement agency certification to verify cooperation in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking.

3. Evidence of Trafficking: Applicants must provide evidence of being a victim of trafficking, including affidavits, police reports, and other supporting documents.

Consulting with an Immigration Attorney:

Navigating the T visa application process can be complex, and it's highly advisable to seek the guidance of an experienced immigration attorney. An attorney can help ensure that all requirements are met, assist with gathering necessary documentation, and advocate for the rights of trafficking survivors.

The T visa is a critical tool in the fight against human trafficking, providing applicants with the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the United States. If you or someone you know may be eligible for a T visa, consulting with an immigration attorney is the first step towards a brighter, more secure future. Contact us at The Law Office of Jesse Sanchez for help….together we can work towards justice, empowerment, and a fresh start for survivors of human trafficking.

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