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Human trafficking is a horrific crime in which traffickers abduct or lure persons into modern day slavery. Victims may be adults or children, and may be sold or used for labor or sex. To help these victims, the Unites States immigration law has provided a special visa, known as the T Visa or T-1 visa, for victims of human trafficking. With a T visa, victims of human trafficking are allowed to stay in the United States to take part in investigations and/or prosecutions of human trafficking violators.
To obtain a T-1 visa, the victim of human trafficking must be already present in the U.S. due to human trafficking and must apply directly with the USCIS. The family members of victims of human trafficking that live abroad may also obtain T visas if the victim of human trafficking applies for them with the USCIS. Depending upon the victim's age and the type of family member, they may apply for either a T-2, T-3, T-4 or T-5 visa. Similarly, if any family members of a victim of human trafficking are in danger due to the victim's escape or cooperation with the law, they may obtain T visas to find relief in the United States.
Human trafficking can be extremely traumatizing, thus victims of human trafficking that have escaped or been saved may find it difficult to go through the process of applying for a T visa alone. Victims must also go through the application process while present in the U.S., and cannot apply anywhere outside of the U.S. Victims of human trafficking with T-1 visas will also have to apply for T visas for their family members, should they wish for their family to join them in the U.S. If for some reason a victim of human trafficking has their T-1 visa revoked by the Department of Homeland Security, their entire family with T visas will also have their statuses revoked.
Applying for a nonimmigrant visa can be a challenging and lengthy process. This may be even more difficult for a victim of human trafficking that is already facing stress and emotional trauma. Immigration attorneys are prepared to help victims of human trafficking to relieve them of some of the stress of a visa application process. An immigration attorney can help a victim of human trafficking successfully and easily apply for a T visa so that they may stay in the U.S. and help authorities investigate or prosecute their traffickers. An attorney can also help the victim apply for a T-2, T-3, T-4, or T-5 visa for members of their family to join them in the U.S. from their homes abroad. The immigration attorney can help facilitate the process here in the U.S. while also providing guidance to the family members abroad about what they will have to do on their end at a U.S. consulate/embassy. Immigration attorneys understand how devastating human trafficking is, and they will do their best to provide relief and assistance to victims and their families during the T visa application process.
If you or someone you know has recently escaped or been rescued from human trafficking and needs a T visa to stay in the U.S., contact Attorney Search Network today. We can refer you to an Immigration lawyer in your area that can help victims of human trafficking and their family members apply for a T visa.
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