Green Cards for Victims of Crime and Human Trafficking

By Ella Bergquist October 24, 2021 (Updated October 25, 2021) 2 min. read
Green Card for T Visa and U Visa

Victims of Crime and Human Trafficking may qualify for a Green Card to live in the US permanently.

You may be eligible to apply as a…If you…
Human Trafficking VictimCurrently have a T nonimmigrant visa
Crime VictimCurrently have a U nonimmigrant visa

Green Card for Victims of a Crime

You must hold U nonimmigrant status and complete certain eligibility standards to apply for a Green Card as a crime victim. The U-1 nonimmigrant visa is for victims of certain crimes who have been subjected to severe physical or mental abuse and are willing to assist in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

U-2 (spouse), U-3 (child), U-4 (parent), or U-5 (sibling) nonimmigrant status may be granted to qualifying family members of U-1 nonimmigrants.

Green Card for U-Visa Eligibility

You must satisfy the following conditions to be eligible for a Green Card based on U-1 nonimmigrant status:

How to Apply for a Green Card as a U Visa Holder

If you currently are in the United States and hold an active U Visa, then you may qualify for a Green Card. You will need to file Form I-485 which is the application to register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Green Card for Victims of Human Trafficking

If you have T nonimmigrant status and complete all of the conditions, you may be able to become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card).

Green Card for T-Visa Eligibility

As a primary T-1 nonimmigrant, you must complete the following requirements to be eligible for a Green Card:

Furthermore, you must be allowed to the United States as a lawful permanent resident before applying for a Green Card. Otherwise, any waivable grounds of inadmissibility that relate to you must have been waived by USCIS.

How to Apply for a Green Card as a T Visa Holder

If you currently are in the United States and hold an active T Visa, then you may qualify for a Green Card. You will need to file Form I-485 which is the application to register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.