Under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 each year 5,000 visas are provided to persons who:
Have been subject to “severe trafficking” which is defined under the code as (the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for sex trafficking and/or involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery);
Are physically present in the U.S. on account of trafficking;
Department of Homeland Security agrees have complied with any reasonable request by federal, state or local law enforcement agency to assist in the investigation or prosecution of such trafficking or in the investigation of crimes where acts of trafficking are at least one central reason for the crime; or who are unable to cooperate in the investigation or prosecution due to a physical or psychological trauma; or who are under 18; and
Who would “suffer extreme hardship involving unusual or severe harm upon removal.”
Persons granted T-visa status might also have the option to adjust their Status in the United States and receive a permanent residency card if:
The individual has been physically been present in the U.S. for a continuous period of 3 years in T status or physically present in the U.S. during investigations and prosecution of trafficking case and the Attorney General declares the investigation or prosecution is complete, whichever is less;
Is admissible or has been granted a waiver;
Had been a person of good moral character from lawful admission as a T-1 to completion of Adjustment of Status;
Has complied with any reasonable request for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking or would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if removed.
If you have been placed in removal proceedings or have been a victim of human trafficking you may be able to obtain a T-visa and adjust your status. In many cases in which an individual has been placed in removal proceedings and qualifies for a T-visa, our firm has been able to successfully either administratively close or terminates the proceedings against them to allow the individual to apply for a T-visa with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Having an experienced immigration attorney by your side to assist you with this process could make all the difference in your case. For a FREE and Confidential consultationcontact our office.