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Author: Massiel Silva Tadeo, Founder, Tadeo & Silva

Attorney Massiel Silva Tadeo is a partner and owner at The Tadeo & Silva Law Firm. She specializes in removal (deportation) defense, family immigration, and hardship waivers. Updated on: December 18, 2023.

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T Visa Attorney: Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, unfortunately, continues to be a prevalent issue around the globe. A good number of people in the United States have found themselves here as a result of human trafficking. These victims are usually traumatized and find it difficult to escape their situation.

Traffickers utilize several tactics, including threats regarding the victim’s illegal migrant status, to prevent them from seeking help from the authorities. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking in the U.S., you may be scared of the legal consequences.

As a crime victim, you have certain rights and protections. A visa lawyer can help you understand the protections available, the visa application process, and your options to legally stay in the U.S. A T visa can also serve as a path to a green card.

An experienced immigration attorney can be essential when applying for a T visa. They can help you with your application and to understand T visa benefits and limitations. At Tadeo & Silva, we have competent and compassionate immigration attorneys ready to help you.

What Is a T Visa?

A T visa is a temporary visa that was created to help victims of severe forms of human trafficking (labor and sex trafficking) stay in the U.S. after being rescued from or escaping trafficking.

As a nonimmigrant visa, the T visa does not grant lawful permanent residence. However, T visa holders may eventually apply for a green card. In other words, a T visa is a particular type of visa that temporarily gives victims of human trafficking immigration benefits. This visa is one form of immigrant abuse protection implemented by the U.S.

A T visa allows you to stay and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. The T visa has a maximum duration of four years, providing time for you to recuperate and apply for permanent residence if desired.

Another purpose of the T visa is to motivate victims to report to law enforcement and assist in the persecution of traffickers. In fact, a primary prerequisite for obtaining a T visa is that the victim complies with any reasonable requests from law enforcement to assist in detecting, apprehending, or prosecuting perpetrators.

How to Apply for a T Visa

The first step to obtaining a T visa is to complete Form I-914 and file it with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is the main application for T nonimmigrant status.

You will need to submit a statement and evidence that you were a victim of trafficking in addition to evidence of your cooperation with law enforcement officials. Therefore, complying with the law enforcement officials involved in prosecuting those responsible is crucial for a successful T visa application. You may also need to provide other documents that show that you meet all eligibility requirements.

Before starting your application, it is best to speak with a visa lawyer. They can help you with your application, gathering evidence and statements, understanding the eligibility criteria, and complying with law enforcement requests.

 

Eligibility Requirements for T Visas

To obtain a T visa, you must prove that you meet specific criteria. Some of the requirements you must meet are:

  • Human trafficking victim: To qualify for T visa status, you have to be a victim of severe forms of human trafficking. This includes sex trafficking or labor trafficking.
  • Extreme hardship: You need to show that you would face extreme hardship involving severe and unusual harm if you were deported from the United States.
  • Physically present: You must be physically present in the U.S. as a result of human trafficking to be eligible for a T visa.
  • Law enforcement assistance: You must comply with reasonable requests by law enforcement to assist in the investigation or prosecution of human traffickers unless exempt.
  • Admissibility: You must be admissible to the U.S. to have your T visa application approved. Some causes of inadmissibility are health concerns, criminal activity, and national security concerns. If you are inadmissible, you may be eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility on specific grounds. An attorney can help you with your waiver and determine if you may be considered inadmissible under U.S. immigration law.

Benefits of a T Visa

As a T visa holder, you will enjoy several benefits.

  • You can stay in the U.S. legally for the duration of your T visa.

  • You have permission to work and apply for employment opportunities in the U.S.

  • Depending on the circumstances, T visas may also be available to some of your family members.

  • Eligibility for certain public benefits like cash assistance, supplemental security income (SSI), medical assistance, and food assistance.

If I Have a T Visa, Can I Apply for Permanent Residency?

One of the advantages of T nonimmigrant status is that you can apply for lawful permanent residence. Immigration law allows a T visa holder in good standing to apply for a green card after being physically present in the U.S. for at least three years.

The Tadeo & Silva Law team can help you understand the adjustment of status process and guide you on how to continue living in the U.S. after your T visa status has elapsed.

How Can a Visa Lawyer Help?

Experienced T visa attorneys use their knowledge of U.S. immigration law to assist human trafficking victims in obtaining temporary status. They can help you with several immigration issues, including applying for your T visa and adjustment of status.

T Visa Application

A T visa lawyer at Tadeo & Silva Law will help you through every step of the T visa application process, including:

  • Completing and filing your Form I-914.

  • Gathering evidence and statements supporting your eligibility for T visa status.

  • Liaising with law enforcement agencies.

  • Explain the benefits and limitations of your visa.

Adjustment of Status

If you choose to stay in the U.S. after the expiration of your T visa, you will need to apply for an adjustment of status. Your attorney can help you understand the green card eligibility categories, determine whether you are eligible for a green card, and apply for lawful permanent resident status.

Tadeo & Silva Law: The T Visa Attorney You Need

Hiring a qualified visa attorney can be essential to a successful T visa application. An experienced immigration attorney can simplify the process and use their knowledge to avoid common mistakes. You deserve experienced, trusted, and reliable legal services during this stressful time.

At Tadeo & Silva Law, our attorneys are dedicated, detail-oriented, and passionate advocates for our clients. We can help you with your visa application, explain the T visa process, collect information and evidence of your eligibility, and communicate with government officials and authorities if necessary.

If you have questions about getting a T visa for yourself or someone you know, contact us today. We provide bilingual support in Spanish and English.

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