On January 24, 2002, the non-immigrant T-Visa was created by the Trafficking
Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). The T-Visa was created to protect
women, children, and men who are the victims of human trafficking. The
applicant's immediate family may also be considered beneficiaries of the T-Visa.
The US Government estimates that 45,000 to 50,000 women and children are
trafficked into the United States annually, and are trapped in modern-day
slavery-like situations such as forced prostitution. The T-Visa will allow victims
to remain in the US to help authorities in the investigation of human trafficking
The following must be met for an individual to qualify for a T-Visa:
1. The applicant must want to be present in the US.
2. The applicant must have been trafficked into the US by force, deceit, or threat.
3. The applicant must have been trafficked into the US to become a slave or
another non-voluntary service situation.
4. The applicant must be willing to cooperate with the US Government in order to
prosecute the individual/group that is doing the trafficking.
5. The applicant must prove that if s/he is returned to his/her own country, s/he
would endure enormous pain.
While the goal of attaining a T-Visa is to protect the victims of human
trafficking, the holding a T-Visa also has other benefits. The T-Visa permit the
individual to work. And while the approval is valid for 3 years, it may be
extended to permanent resident status.
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