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"T" Nonimmigrant Visas - Victims of Trafficking

The T nonimmigrant status (also known as the T visa) was created to provide immigration protection to victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons. The T visa also allows victims to remain in the United States and assist federal authorities in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.

To apply for T nonimmigrant status, applicants must file Form I-914, and may also apply for eligible family members using Form I-914, Supplement A. Applicants may also apply for employment authorization for family members using Form I-765.

Those who have been granted T-1 nonimmigrant status may file for permanent residency upon meeting certain requirements. For detailed instructions and requirements, applicants should refer to Form I-485, Supplement E. (All forms mentioned above can be found under "Related Links" on the upper-right hand side of this page.)

For a T-1 nonimmigrant to be eligible to apply for permanent residence, the following conditions must be met:

  • The applicant has been physically present in the United States for:

A continuous period of at least three years since the first date of admission as a T-1 nonimmigrant; or

A continuous period during the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking, and the Attorney General has determined the investigation or prosecution is complete, whichever period of time is less;

  • You have been a person of good moral character since first being admitted as a T-1 nonimmigrant and until the decision on your Form I-485;
  • You have complied with any reasonable request for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking since first being admitted as a T-1 nonimmigrant and until a decision on your Form I-485, or you would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm upon removal from the United States; and
  • You are admissible to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

There is also a process for qualifying family members of a T-1 principal applicant to apply for permanent residence. For more information, please refer to our "Fact Sheet: USCIS Publishes New Rule for Nonimmigrant Victims of Human Trafficking and Special Criminal Activity" under the "Related Links" section on the upper-right hand side of this page.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/13/2009