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Victims of human trafficking are potentially eligible to remain in the United States through a T visa. Recipients of this visa can live and work in the United States while they cooperate with government investigators. T visa holders can also obtain green cards become lawful permanent residents if they meet certain requirements.
If you are a survivor of human trafficking and wish to stay in the United States, our Annandale T visa lawyers can help. Our team at Johnson & Masumi has handled thousands of complex immigration cases and can put our decades of collective experience to work for you. We are empathetic to the unimaginable challenges you have faced and are ready to offer the reliable and comprehensive legal support you need to move forward.
To obtain the T visa, you must convince United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you were a victim of human trafficking. First, you must establish that you entered the United States as a direct result of trafficking activity. You will likely not qualify for the T visa if you suffered abuse after voluntarily entering the country. (Depending on the circumstances, you may still qualify for other types of immigration relief, including the U visa.)
Next, you must provide evidence that your situation meets the U.S.’s definition for human trafficking as defined by the 2000 United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons. USCIS will evaluate how and why you entered the country as well as the goals of the perpetrators.
When evaluating whether someone is a victim of human trafficking for purposes of immigration, USCIS looks for the following elements:
- Process. Were you recruited, transported, harbored, or received by a third party who knowingly participated in a trafficking scheme?
- Ways and Means. Were you coerced, intimidated, deceived, abused, lied to, or threatened?
- Goals. Were you transported to the U.S. to facilitate forced labor, sexual exploitation, prostitution, violence, or other forms of criminal abuse?
Adult applicants must demonstrate that all three of the above elements apply to their case. Say an adult applicant would likely qualify if they were offered an opportunity to travel to the U.S. to do legitimate agricultural work. Once in the country, they are told they must surrender their passports and work for minimal, unlawful pay. In this case, the person was recruited and deceived for purposes of facilitating forced labor, and they would therefore likely qualify as a victim of human trafficking.
Minors need only approve that the “process” and “goals” categories apply. In another example scenario, a young child may be brought to the U.S. by their parents. Their parents then force the child to unlawfully work in a sweatshop. The child was intimidated into forced labor, so they also likely are considered a victim of human trafficking.
Finally, T visa applicants will need to reasonably cooperate with the law enforcement officials investigating the trafficking operation. A victim will be expected to answer questions, identify perpetrators, or testify in a trial, for example. Our Annandale T visa attorney can assess whether you are likely to be considered eligible and help manage communications with USCIS and investigating officials.
Mariam is a caring lawyer, she was able to handle my case with professionalism despite the short deadline to reply back to USCIS. She is really confident about her job and will take extra steps to make sure things go as planned.- S.S.
I am now a free man and will get my Green Card back soon. None of this would have been possible without Mariam and her firm. Words can't describe how grateful I am to her and if you're reading this look no further!- Aimal M.
The diligence of Mariam, making sure we had everything that could possibly be needed even when sometimes I felt it was too much. The team definitely kept me having hope but always kept things realistic and gave me realistic expectations.- Oshoke E.
Mariam Masumi helped my wife get her case approved and I am thankful for her hard work. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.- Ali R.
After working with them for less than 6 months, I received approvals for my employment authorization, waiver of inadmissibility, and finally my permanent resident card.- Marie A.
Benefits of the T Visa
Upon receiving a T visa, you will be permitted to live and work practically anywhere in the United States. Keep in mind that you will likely be asked to continue assisting law enforcement officials as they conduct their investigation, and you will need to cooperate if you hope to eventually become a lawful permanent resident.
T visas will initially be valid for up to four years. Law enforcement can ask for an extension if they still need your help with an ongoing investigation.
As a T visa holder, you may be able to procure a green card if you:
- Have been continuously present in the United States for at least three years or the duration of the investigation or prosecution
- Have been a T visa holder for at least three years
- Have continued to cooperate with law enforcement’s investigation and/or prosecution efforts
- Have “good moral character”
- Would suffer “extreme hardship” if removed from the country
- Are considered admissible to the U.S.
It is important to note that only 5,000 T visas can be granted each year. Our Annandale T visa lawyers know how to navigate these processes and can work to efficiently obtain the relief you need.
Do not wait to schedule a consultation with our team at Johnson & Masumi. Call (703) 783-0082 or contact us online today.
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