As a result of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, the U.S. government created the T-1 visa. The purpose of the T-1 visa is to protect victims of human trafficking, the sex trade or forced labor, who are physically present in the U.S. due to such trafficking.
To receive a T-1 visa, you must have had contact with law enforcement, either by reporting a crime or by responding to questions. If you have talked with state or local law enforcement, a federal law enforcement agency must also be alerted in order for you to obtain a T visa, since only federal agencies can investigate trafficking.
To apply for a T-1 Visa, you must complete Form I-914 "Application for T Nonimmigrant Status." Requirements of Form I-914 include:
If you have applied for or hold a T-1 visa, you can also apply to have immediate family members admitted to the U.S. by showing that they would suffer extreme hardship if they were not allowed to join you.
The T-1 Visa is valid for three years from the date on which it is issued and is non-renewable. However, you can apply for permanent resident status within the 90 days that follow the visa expiration.
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