2009 | NY Anti-Trafficking Network Legal Subcommitee

This manual is focused on the T visa, which was established by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and put into effect by immigration regulations published in January 2002. The T visa provides immigration relief to foreign nationals trafficked into the United States. If favorably adjudicated, it grants the survivor permission to remain within the U.S. and to obtain employment authorization for three years. At the end of the three years, or when the investigation is complete, the survivor is eligible to petition for permanent residency. This manual discusses the background of the T visa, suggests points to consider in evaluating a client’s eligibility for the T visa, evaluates the statute and the regulations, and offers step-by-step instruction on preparing a T application for consideration by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service.