Austin U & T Visa Attorneys
Options for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Crime
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides protection for those who have been victimized through human trafficking or other specific crimes. The U Nonimmigrant status and the T Nonimmigrant status provide this relief.
If you or someone you know has been affected by human trafficking, you should seek the help of a qualified immigration lawyer. At J. Sparks Law, PLLC, we provide focused legal representation combined with compassionate, personalized service.
U & T Visa Protection & Eligibility
The U and T visas were created to protect the victims of crime and human trafficking who have information about the crime and have helped or are willing to help law enforcement investigate or prosecute the offenders. The crimes under investigation are those committed in violation of U.S. law.
T visas are for victims of human trafficking who have been brought into the U.S. on account of trafficking. To apply for a T visa, you must be physically present in the U.S. You must also show that you were recruited or transported here through coercion, fraud, or deceit for the purposes of prostitution, pornography, sexual exploitation, involuntary servitude, or forced labor.
U visas are for the victims of qualifying crimes who have suffered substantial harm. One of the differences between domestic violence VAWA cases and domestic violence U visas is that while U visa applicants need to have been helpful to law enforcement, the abuser does not have to have legal status and the couple does not have to be married.
The many categories of qualifying crimes include:
- Violent crimes
- Sex crimes
- Domestic violence
Both U and T visas allow you to apply for visas for qualifying family members. Once your visa is approved, it also allows you to apply for a green card as long as you meet certain eligibility requirements.
Consult with an Experienced Immigration Attorney
No matter what situation you are in, we have the experience to help you obtain the protection you need. We can advise you on what type of visa is best for your circumstances and help you build a convincing case to present to USCIS.
For a consultation, call (512) 952-2176 today.
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