Human Trafficking and the T-Visa: What it is and How to Apply for One

Human Trafficking and the T-Visa: What it is and How to Apply for One

A T visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to individuals who have been victims of human trafficking and are currently present in the United States. It provides temporary legal status and the ability to work in the U.S. for up to four years, with the possibility of eventually applying for permanent residency.

Obtaining a T visa can be a complex and challenging process, and it is important to have an experienced immigration lawyer who can assist in navigating the requirements and procedures. There are several ways that an immigration lawyer can help:

  • Assessing Eligibility: An immigration lawyer can help determine whether an individual meets the eligibility criteria for a T visa. This includes being a victim of severe forms of trafficking in persons, being present in the U.S. as a result of trafficking, and demonstrating a willingness to assist law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting trafficking cases.
  • Gathering Evidence: A lawyer can assist in gathering and organizing the necessary evidence to support a T visa application, such as police reports, medical records, and witness statements.
  • Preparing the Application: An immigration lawyer can help prepare and submit the T visa application, ensuring that it is complete and accurate and that all required forms and supporting documentation are included.
  • Responding to Requests for Evidence: Sometimes, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will request additional evidence or information before approving a T visa application. An immigration lawyer can help respond to these requests in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Representing the Client: An experienced immigration lawyer can advocate on behalf of their client throughout the T visa application process. They can ensure that their client’s rights are protected and that they receive fair treatment under the law.
  • Preparing for Interviews: In some cases, USCIS may require an interview with the T visa applicant. An immigration lawyer can help prepare their client for the interview and accompany them to the interview if necessary.

Obtaining a T visa can be a complex and challenging process, and having an experienced immigration lawyer on your side can be invaluable. They can provide guidance, support, and advocacy throughout the process, helping to increase the chances of a successful outcome.

Interested in applying for a T visa? Contact Deandra Grant Law at 512 279 6600

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