Deceitful promises of a new career and a better life in the United States is a very common fabrication that human traffickers will tell immigrants. Ranging from kidnapping to the purchase and resale of human beings, thousands of individuals are trafficked into sex slaves or labor services every day; human trafficking is one of the most prevalent crimes in the world. Nonimmigrant victims that are in the U.S. are often too afraid to come forward due to his or her legal status to remain in our country. The Victims of Trafficking in Persons (T) nonimmigrant visa can provide support to undocumented immigrants that fear deportation.
How to Qualify for a T Visa
According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), the only federal agency allowed to designate immigrants as human trafficking victims and make them eligible for benefits and services is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In order to be considered for a T visa, the individual must:
- Physically be in the U.S. for the trafficking
- Be forced into a drastic form of human trafficking
- Provide evidence that extreme adversity would result if they left the U.S.
When a victim is granted a T-1 visa, that individual is allowed to remain in the U.S. for as long as four years in order to help the authorities with the investigation and prosecution of human traffickers. If qualified, T-1 visa holders may also adjust their status to full-residency, and obtain their Green Card....