U and T Visas
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U Visas

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. 

You may be eligible for a U nonimmigrant visa if:

 

  • You are the victim of qualifying criminal activity 

  • You have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of criminal activity.

  • You have information about the criminal activity. 

  • You were helpful, are helpful, or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. 

  • The crime occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws.

  • You are admissible to the United States.

 

T Visas

T nonimmigrant status is a temporary immigration benefit that enables certain victims of a severe form of human trafficking to remain in the United States for up to 4 years if they have assisted law enforcement in an investigation or prosecution of human trafficking. T nonimmigrant status is also available for certain qualifying family members of trafficking victims. T nonimmigrants are eligible for employment authorization and certain federal and state benefits and services. T nonimmigrants who qualify may also be able to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents (obtain a Green Card).

You may be eligible for T nonimmigrant status if you:

  • Are or were a victim of a severe form of human trafficking;

  • Are in the United States or at a port of entry due to trafficking;

  • Comply with any reasonable request from a law enforcement agency for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking (unless you are under the age of 18 or you are unable to cooperate due to physical or psychological trauma. In either case, you may not need to show that you complied with reasonable requests from law enforcement);

  • Demonstrate that you would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if you were removed from the United States; and

  • Are admissible to the United States