Discover a path to safety and recovery with our T visa services. The T visa is a critical immigration option for survivors of human trafficking who have been subjected to severe forms of exploitation. We are dedicated to assisting victims in rebuilding their lives by providing expert guidance through the T visa application process.
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What is a T Visa?
The T visa is an immigration benefit for victims of human trafficking who meet certain eligibility requirements.
Who is Eligible?
USCIS may find an individual eligible for a T visa if the victim:
- Is or was a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons (which may include sex or labor trafficking), as defined by federal law*;
- Is in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or at a U.S. port of entry due to trafficking;
- Has complied with any reasonable request from a law enforcement agency for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking; and
- Would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if removed from the United States.
- The victim must be admissible to the US or be eligible for a waver of inadmissibility.
(No serious criminal record, no serious immigration violations)
* “Sex trafficking” is defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.”
A victim of severe forms of trafficking in persons is an individual who is a victim of either:
A) Sex Trafficking, which is defined as:
- The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act,
- Or in which the person induced by any means to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.
B) Labor Trafficking, which is defined as: o the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
How Long Does It Take?
It takes more than five year.
The T visa allows eligible victims to temporarily remain and work in the U.S., generally for four years. While in T non immigrant status, the victim has an ongoing duty to cooperate with law enforcement’s reasonable requests for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking. If certain conditions are met, an individual with T non immigrant status may apply for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status (apply for a green card) after three years in the United States or upon completion of the investigation or prosecution, whichever occurs earlier.
Request that certain relatives obtain refuge in America or asylum, regardless of whether they are abroad.
Certain family members of a T visa recipient may also be eligible to live and work in the United States as “derivative” T visa holders. These are:
- Unmarried children under the age of 21;
- Parents of principal T visa recipients under age 21 at the time of application;
- Unmarried siblings under 18 years old of principal T visa applicants under age 21;
- Adult or minor children of certain immediate family members of the T visa recipient
Why clients prefer El-Hag Law
Millions in unpaid wages on behalf of individual clients
Although we have litigated class action lawsuits, nothing makes us happier than handing an individual a check for tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a life-changing experience for most of our clients. That is why we focus on helping the most underserved people and take on the most challenging to win cases. We know how to win these cases and are not afraid to fight on our clients' behalf.
Experience representing employees on an individual or class action basis
Did you know that you could end up receiving less as being part of a class-action lawsuit instead of litigating your case individually? We have handled numerous cases where there are multiple clients, and we know when it would benefit our clients to be part of a class action or not. Generally, class actions benefit the lawyers more than the clients, and we will never put our interest before yours. We always keep our current clients' interests at the forefront of our decisions. Because we have experience handling class action lawsuits and individual lawsuits, we can help you make the right decision for your case.
Will take your case to trial if necessary
The truth is that most lawsuits settle. Many attorneys have no experience going to trial. However, we will. And because we will bring it to trial, we can get better settlements for our clients because other firms know we will go the distance.
Your case is handled by the same person from start to finish
How would you like it if the person who handles your trial is not the person who had all the experience of putting your case together from the beginning? Some law firms will have different people working on different parts of the case to make the firm more efficient. However, in the process, things can fall through the cracks. Not with us. One person handles your case from start to finish, so the representative is personally familiar with all people and facts.
There is an art to winning a lawsuit. How can a person know how a witness will behave at trial if they had no interaction with the witness before the trial date? It's impossible to be effective. These are the kinds of things most people do not know to ask when they are evaluating lawyers. But because we need to win your case to get paid, we make sure that your case does not fall through the cracks.
We care about you and your case
We don't nickel and dime clients for 1-minute phone calls. We put in the time to build relationships and educate our clients. We know this is a scary process for most people. Every client who has walked through our door has never been in a lawsuit before. We want to make sure you are comfortable and educated on what is going on with your case. We provide you with the right information to make educated decisions about your case. It takes time to build strong relationships, and we are happy to put in the time for you.
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