US immigration laws allows for certain victims of human trafficking and crime to apply for green cards.
The T non-immigrant status or T visa provides immigration protection to victims of severe forms of human trafficking and also allows them to remain in the United States and assist federal authorities in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. Those who have been granted T non-immigrant status may also file for a green card (permanent residence) after meeting certain requirements.
These include being physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least three years from the first date of admission as a T-1 non-immigrant and a continuous period during the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking.
Applicants must also show they would suffer extreme hardship, involving unusual and severe harm, if they are removed from the United States. They must also prove they are a person of good moral character and complied with any reasonable request for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking since being granted the T-1 visa and until a decision is made on their adjustment of status application, Form I-485, to greencard holder.
To apply for a T visa, you must submit to the US Citizenship & Immigration Services:
- Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status
- Three passport size photographs
- A personal statement explaining how you were a victim of trafficking (on the Form I-914)
- Evidence to show you the meet eligibility requirements.
U non-immigrant status or U visas are set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime and who are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. Those who have been granted U non-immigrant status may file for a green card (permanent residence) using Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, after meeting certain requirements similar to the T-visa.
These include being physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least 3 years since the first date of admission as a U non-immigrant. You must also not have unreasonably refused to provide assistance in the criminal investigation or prosecution of a crime and establish your presence in the United States is justified on humanitarian grounds, to ensure family unity or is in the public interest of the country.
To obtain a green card, you must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and also must concurrently file a Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, Form I-693.
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