Holding a T-Visa can lead to a Green Card if you have been living in the United States continuously for three years among other requirements, including having good moral character and assisting law enforcement in a human trafficking investigation.
You can even apply for your spouse, children, parents, and siblings in some cases. A T-Visa immigration lawyer from our firm can guide you through the process of applying for a Green Card if you hold a T-Visa so you can remain in the country and resume your new life.
When Can the T-Visa Lead to a Green Card?
Your T-Visa could make you eligible for permanent residence, also known as a Green Card. To receive a Green Card, you must meet the following requirements:
- Living in the United States for a continuous period of three years or until the investigation or prosecution is complete
- Having a good moral character
- Assisting law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking crimes
- You risk hardship or harm if you were to leave the United States
- You are admissible as a permanent resident
- You have held your T-Visa for three years
If you have family members who have T-Visa status through your application, they may also be eligible to receive Green Cards. Our law firm will work to aid you and your family members to achieve permanent status.
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How Can a T-Visa Holder Apply for a Green Card?
A T-Visa holder can apply for a Green Card after three years. You will need to file Form I-485, which is the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
You must also provide evidence that you are eligible for a Green Card.
What Is a T-Visa?
The T nonimmigrant status or T-Visa is for victims of human trafficking who are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking crimes. The T-Visa allows the holder to temporarily live in the United States for a period of four years.
If you are a victim of sex trafficking or labor trafficking, you may be eligible to apply for and receive a T-Visa from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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What Are the Requirements To Receive a T-Visa?
Like other visas, there are certain requirements for an applicant to qualify for and receive a T-Visa.
You must be the victim of a form of human trafficking such as sex trafficking or labor trafficking. Other requirements include:
- You are in the United States
- You are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking crimes
- You would suffer hardship or harm upon removal from the United States
- You are admissible to the United States after reviewing your criminal history, immigration violations, etc.
An attorney from our firm can help you determine if you may be eligible for a T-Visa. We will work to protect your rights and provide you with the guidance to apply for status.
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What Are the Benefits of a T-Visa?
As a victim of human trafficking, you have access to benefits and services to improve your safety and well-being, including:
- Housing assistance
- Employment assistance
- Income assistance
- Food assistance
- Foster care
- English training
- Health care
- Mental health services
Programs you can access and use include Medicaid, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and more.
Trafficking victims who hold a T-Visa have access to additional benefits that include:
- Employment authorization
- Possibility of a Green Card
- Ability to apply for T-Visa derivatives for family members
Being a victim of human trafficking is a traumatic experience. Our law firm wants to help you obtain a T-Visa so you can begin the process of healing and rebuilding your life. A lawyer from our firm can help you apply for a T-Visa and access the benefits you need.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Green Card With a T-Visa?
After three years of being in the United States, you can apply for a T-Visa from inside the United States. 80% of cases are completed within 29.5 months.
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Our law firm is dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking obtain a T-Visa and get on the path towards obtaining permanent residence in the form of a Green Card.
You’ve already been through a lot. We will take the stress of seeking a Green Card off your shoulders by guiding you through the process and helping you complete the necessary paperwork. Your lawyer will review the paperwork to make sure everything is in order before you submit your application.
If you or a family member holds a T-Visa and would like to adjust your status and apply for a Green Card, contact New Frontier Immigration Law for a strategy session.