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Am I eligible for a T visa?

| Feb 3, 2021 | Immigration News |

There are multiple visas that the US offers. Some of the more common visas that immigrants apply for are work visas or marriage visas. However, depending on your status, there may be more niche visas you can apply for.

An example of a more niche visa is the T visa. The T visa is for individuals who have survived severe human trafficking or attempted trafficking.

What are the eligibility requirements?

In addition to being a survivor of sex trafficking, the individual must be physically present in the United States due to this trafficking. The individual must have been in the United States continuously since the traffickers last subjected the individual to trafficking.

Additionally, the individual must comply with any reasonable request the US government has when prosecuting human traffickers. The US government will waive this requirement if the individual is under the age of 18.

What are some advantages of this visa?

A T visa is more generous than other visas when it comes to the “cooperation with law enforcement” requirement. As stated prior, if the individual is still under the age of majority, he or she will not have to comply. Additionally, if the individual is suffering from severe physical or psychological trauma that prevents law enforcement cooperation, the US government will also waive this requirement.

T visas may also be easier to obtain than other varieties of visas. Since the year 2000 there has been a cap of 5,000 T visas per year, but the US has never met this imposed cap. If the individual is also eligible for a U visa, a T visa may be much faster to process.

 

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