What is the T Nonimmigrant Visa for Victims of Human Trafficking?

By Ella Bergquist October 24, 2021 (Updated October 24, 2021) 4 min. read
T Visa for Human Trafficking

T nonimmigrant status is a temporary immigration benefit that allows certain victims of a severe form of human trafficking to stay in the United States for up to four years if they have complied with any reasonable request from law enforcement for assistance in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of human trafficking or qualify for an exemption or exception. Certain qualifying family members of victims of human trafficking are also eligible for T nonimmigrant status. Nonimmigrants with a T status are eligible for work authorization as well as a variety of federal and state benefits and services.

As part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, Congress introduced this nonimmigrant status (also known as a T visa) in October 2000. Human trafficking, often known as trafficking in persons, is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers compel individuals to provide work or services, including commercial sex, by force, deception, or coercion. People who are vulnerable, such as those who do not have legal immigration status, are frequently targeted by human traffickers. T visas provide victims with protection while also enhancing law enforcement’s ability to detect, investigate, and prosecute human trafficking.

T Visa Requirements

If you meet the following criteria, you may be qualified for T nonimmigrant status:

Family Member Eligibility for the T Visa

T nonimmigrant status may be available to certain qualified family members. You may apply for any of the following family members, regardless of age, if they are now at risk of reprisal as a result of your escape from trafficking or assistance with law enforcement:

How to Apply

To apply for a T nonimmigrant status, you must submit:

T Visa Cap for 2021

The number of available T visas for major applicants was set by Congress at 5,000 every fiscal year. However, the yearly ceiling has never been surpassed, and visas are still available to qualified applicants.

T Visa Qualifying Crimes

A “serious type of human trafficking,” as defined by federal law, is:

Sex Trafficking: When someone recruits, harbors, transports, provides, solicits, patronizes, or obtains a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act, where the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or the person being induced to perform such act is under the age of 18; or when someone recruits, harbors, transports, provides, solicits, patronizes, or obtains a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act

Labor Trafficking: When someone uses force, fraud, or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, furnish or procure a person for work or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Victims of human trafficking may also be eligible for the U-Visa.

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