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T visa- Special Visa Protection for Victims of Human Trafficking

How Does an Alien Qualify for T Visa Status Under The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA)?

This specific type of visa is granted to protect individuals who have been the victims of severe human trafficking. The legal definition of “severe human trafficking” as indicated on the Immigration and Nationality Act section 101(a)(15)(T) is as follows:

  • (1) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age, or,
  • (2) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery

What are the Specific Requirements to be eligible for a T visa?

To be eligible for this specific type of visa category, the person must:

  • (1) Be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a U.S. port of entry because of such trafficking;
  • (2) Have complied with any reasonable request for assistance to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking, or be under the age of 15; and
  • (3) Be likely to suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm upon removal.

NOTE: The Attorney General may, in order to avoid extreme hardship, permit the spouse, children and parents of an alien under age 21 and the spouse and children of an alien over age 21 to accompany or follow to join the principal alien.

In what year was this type of visa protection created?

Since the year 2000.

What law created this visa category?

This visa was created by The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA). The VTVPA is actually two separate laws, the ``Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000'' (TVPA) and the ``Violence Against Women Act of 2000'' (VAWA2).



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