A T visa is a very important type of visa. It’s designed to help people who were victims of human trafficking. With this visa, those who have been victimized may be able to stay in the United States for up to four years while they assist the authorities with their case or are waiting for the prosecution of those involved. Those who are under the age of 18 may not need to assist with the case and help law enforcement to obtain this visa due to age. This status may also be available to qualifying family members, so loved ones can come to be with the victim.
To qualify for a T visa, you must be a victim of a severe form of trafficking. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, this is defined as sex trafficking involving a person under 18 years of age or trafficking a person for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, debt bondage or peonage.
Can you work while living in the U.S. with a T visa?
If you are living in the United States and have an approved T visa, you will be able to work as long as you are old enough to do so. Qualifying family members may be able to get approval to work as well.
Finally, remember that getting a T visa is one step toward getting your green card. If you have a T visa, you may be able to apply for lawful permanent residence just three years after you receive the status or when the prosecution or investigation into the case is complete, whichever happens first.
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