Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers lure individuals with false promises of employment and a better life. Traffickers often take advantage of poor, unemployed individuals who lack access to social services.
In October 2000, Congress created the “T” nonimmigrant status. This strengthens the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute human trafficking, and also offer protection to victims.
The T nonimmigrant visa allows victims to remain in the United States to assist in the investigation or prosecution of human traffickers. Once a T nonimmigrant visa is granted, a victim can apply for permanent residence after three years. Immediate family members are eligible for derivative nonimmigrant status.
Adjustment of Status for T Visa holders
To apply for a green card as a T-1 nonimmigrant (principal), you must meet the following conditions:
Family members who were granted derivative T nonimmigrant status are also eligible to apply for a green card if:
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