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USCIS Publishes New Rule for Nonimmigrant Victims of Human Trafficking and Specified Criminal Activity
“The action we are taking will further humanitarian interests by protecting victims of human trafficking and victims of other serious crimes,” said USCIS Acting Deputy Director Mike Aytes.
The “T” visa is a nonimmigrant classification for people who are victims of a severe form of human trafficking. The “U” visa status is a nonimmigrant classification for victims of certain crimes who are willing to assist government officials in the investigation of the criminal activity.
In order to apply for an adjustment of status, a nonimmigrant currently within the “U” visa status must have been physically present in the
Both “T” and “U” nonimmigrants must be in valid nonimmigrant status at the time of application. USCIS can adjust the status of up to 5,000 “T” visa holders annually. This cap does not apply to family members of the principal “T” nonimmigrant status holder. There is no numerical cap on adjustment of status for “U” nonimmigrants.
The interim final rule is currently available for public review at the Related Links of this page and has been submitted to the Federal Register for publication. The public may submit comments at www.regulations.gov for 60 days following publication. USCIS will address comments in the final rule.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/12/2008