What is a T-visa?

What is a T-visa?

| Aug 6, 2020 | Firm News |

Are you an immigrant who has come to Maryland? Are you a survivor of human trafficking? If so, this may make you eligible for a T-visa. This is a temporary status rather than a permanent one. But it can still offer survivors like you protection in the current time.

There are still requirements you must fulfill before applying for a T-visa. You should know them in full before proceeding.

T-visas for victims of human trafficking

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discusses the T-visa. It is also known as T nonimmigrant status. This temporary immigration status allows you to stay and work in the United States for up to four years. Under T-visas, qualifying family members can also gain a temporary stay. Often, you may move on to apply for a green card and gain permanent residency.

To qualify, the law must classify you as a victim of severe human trafficking. Legal definitions list sex trafficking or labor trafficking as severe human trafficking. Labor trafficking includes debt bondage, slavery, and involuntary servitude. Sex trafficking involves the coerced or forced sexual acts of anyone above or under the age of 18.

Qualifications for applicants

You must have suffered through one of these types of trafficking. You must currently live in the United States, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. T nonimmigrant status also applies to those at a port entry due to human trafficking. You must work with law enforcement in investigating traffickers. But exceptions are often made for those younger than 18. You may also be exempt if you have severe trauma that makes it impossible to comply. You must show that you would suffer hardship if removed from America. Finally, you must show you are admissible to the country.