In 2000, Congress created the T nonimmigrant visa by passing the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA). This legislation strengthened the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute human trafficking, and provide the victims with protection. The T-visa is set aside for people who are or have been victims of human trafficking, it protects these victims, and allows them to remain in the United States to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the human traffickers.
A person is eligible for a T-visa if they are or were the victim of trafficking; are in the United States or one of its territories due to trafficking; are willing to comply with any reasonable request from law enforcement for assistance with the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking, or are under the age of 18, or are unable to cooperate due to physical or psychological trauma; can demonstrate that you would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if you were removed from the U.S.; and are admissible into the country. The type of trafficking is not an issue but the trafficking had to occur due to force, fraud, or coercion. If these requirements are met the person must fill out an I-914 Form along with a Declaration of Law Enforcement Officer for Victim of Trafficking in Persons that will illustrate that you are supporting the investigating law enforcement agency.
The T-visa applicant may also apply for certain qualifying family members to receive a derivative T-visa. If the applicant is under the age of 21 they may apply on behalf of their spouse, children, parents, and unmarried siblings under the age of 18 to be considered for a derivative T-visa. If the applicant is 21 years of age or older they may apply on behalf of their spouse and children.
Contact our South Florida County Nonimmigrant Visa Attorneys
Contact our Miami employment based visa attorneys at 305-222-7351, or e-mail us to schedule an appointment to discuss your Dade County, Broward County, or Monroe County immigration questions and issues.
Our Miami Immigration lawyers accept immigration law cases in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Monroe County.
Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Galiano Street in Coral Gables, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat.