USCIS Issues Updated and Comprehensive Guidance on T Visa Adjudications

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing updated and comprehensive guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on adjudicating applications for T nonimmigrant status (or T visas) submitted by victims of human trafficking, including clarifying how applicants establish eligibility.

Our policy guidance (PDF, 339.32 KB) clarifies the physical presence eligibility requirement, the age-based exemption from the requirement to comply with law enforcement requests, and how the agency evaluates involuntary servitude claims.

The guidance reduces barriers for noncitizen victims of trafficking, consistent with the intent of the Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000.

Effective Oct. 20. 2021, the guidance can be found in the USCIS Policy Manual.

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The original publication date of this post was October 20, 2021 5:10 pm