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Breaking Free: Navigating the T Visa Application Process with Confidence

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Victims of human trafficking, sex and labor trafficking, T Visa

For survivors of human trafficking, the path to freedom and security can be fraught with challenges. However, the United States offers a beacon of hope through the T Visa program, providing a vital lifeline to those who have suffered unimaginable hardships. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the steps of applying for a T Visa, empowering you to take control of your future with confidence.

Understanding the T Visa

The T Visa is a non-immigrant visa designed to provide temporary legal status to victims of human trafficking. It offers a vital first step toward reclaiming your life and building a brighter future. With a T Visa, you'll have the opportunity to live and work in the United States, free from the fear of deportation.

Step 1: Eligibility

Before applying for a T Visa, it's essential to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. You may be eligible if:

  1. You are or have been a victim of severe trafficking.

  2. You are physically present in the United States due to trafficking.

  3. You comply with any reasonable requests from law enforcementfor assistance in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking(if y ou are over 18).

Step 2: Gathering Documentation

Collecting the necessary documentation is a crucial part of the application process. This may include:

  • A personal statement detailing your trafficking experience.

  • Supporting documents, such as police reports, medical records, or affidavits from individuals who can verify your situation.

  • Any evidence of your cooperation with law enforcement, if applicable.

Step 3: Completing Form I-914

The next step is to complete Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status. like myself.

Step 4: Gathering Supporting Documents

In addition to Form I-914, you'll need to gather and submit supporting documents, including:

  • A personal statement detailing your trafficking experience.

  • Any relevant police reports or court documents.

  • Medical records, if available.

  • Letters of support from individuals who can corroborate your situation.

  • Evidence of your cooperation with law enforcement, if applicable.

Step 5: Submitting Your Application

Once you have completed Form I-914 and gathered all necessary supporting documents, it's time to submit your application. Be sure to include the appropriate filing fee or request a fee waiver if eligible.

Step 6: Biometrics Appointment

If your application is accepted, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. During this appointment, your fingerprints and photograph will be taken for background checks.

Step 7: Waiting for a Decision

After your biometrics appointment, it's a waiting game. The USCIS will review your application and make a decision. This process can take several months, so it's important to be patient.

Step 8: Receiving a Decision

Once a decision is made, you will be notified in writing. If your application is approved, you will receive a T Visa, granting you temporary legal status in the United States.


The T Visa application process may seem daunting, but with the right guidance and support, you can navigate it with confidence. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. We are professionals dedicated to helping survivors like you find safety, security, and a path to a brighter future. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out.


If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by clicking here or you can call their toll free hotline available 24/7 o speak with a specially trained Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocate. Support is provided in more than 200 languages: 1-888-373-7888

Callers can dial 711 to access the Hotline using TTY.

You can also email them at


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