Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status

Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status

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What is Form I-914?

  • Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, is a form used by victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons 
  • Only individuals physically present in the U.S. are eligible to apply for T nonimmigrant status
  • T visa category is designed to provide protection to victims of human trafficking who are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases
  • If Form I-914 is approved, T nonimmigrant status allows victims of human trafficking to remain in the U.S. temporarily
  • T nonimmigrant status grants employment authorization and access to public benefits and services

Form I-914 requirements

The following individuals may file Form I-914:

  • Victim of Trafficking: The applicant must be a victim of severe forms of trafficking in persons, which include sex trafficking and labor trafficking.
    • Sex trafficking: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of inducing a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Inducing an individual under 18 years of age to perform a commercial sex act is considered sex trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion
    • Labor trafficking: 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
  • Physical Presence: The applicant must be physically present in the U.S. American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or at a port of entry due to trafficking
  • Cooperation with Law Enforcement: The applicant must be willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases. Law enforcement agencies include: federal, state, local or tribal
  • Exception to Law Enforcement Cooperation:
    • Applicants under age 18 or those who are unable to cooperate due to physical and psychological trauma
    • Extreme Hardship: Applicants will suffer unusual and severe harm if returned to their home country

Is there a statute of limitations on the T visa (Form I-914)?

  • There isn’t a specific statute of limitations on applying for a T visa (Form I-914)
  • However, it’s important to understand that each case is evaluated individually, and timing can impact the strength of an applicant’s case
  • While there isn’t a strict time limit for applying for a T visa, it’s generally advisable for victims of trafficking to apply as soon as possible after becoming eligible
  • Delays in applying may affect the availability of evidence, witnesses, or other factors that could strengthen the application

Form I-914 filing fee 

There is no filing fee for Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status.

Form I-914 checklist of documents

Submit photocopies of the following documents with your Form I-914 application:

Required evidence

Examples of acceptable documents

Completed Form I-914
  • Use the most recent edition of Form I-914 available on the USCIS website
  • Sign and date the form
Personal statement (mandatory)
  • Detailed statement describing how the applicant became a victim of trafficking:
    • How the applicant entered the U.S.
    • Purpose for entering the U.S.
    • How the applicant became involved in trafficking
    • When and where the trafficking events took place
    • Information about traffickers
    • Circumstances leading to applicant’s escape or separation from traffickers
    • What harm or mistreatment the applicant fears if
    • are removed from the U.S. States and returned to the applicant’s home country
Evidence of being a victim of trafficking
  • Police reports or statements
  • Affidavits from witnesses or experts
  • Medical records
  • Counseling records
  • Other relevant evidence corroborating the trafficking experience
Proof of entry into the U.S.
  • Copy of passport with entry stamps
  • Copy of U.S. visa(s)
  • Arrival/departure records (Form I-94)
  • Travel itineraries or boarding passes
  • Other relevant documents 
Evidence of cooperation with law enforcement
Proof of relationship (if including family members)
  • Form I-914, Supplement A, Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient for each family member
  • For spouses:
    • Marriage certificate 
    • Divorce, annulment decree(s) or death certificate for each spouse (if any of the spouses was previously married)
  • For children:
    • Birth certificate
    • Marriage certificate of the child’s parents
  • For parents:
    • Applicant’s birth certificate
    • Parents’ marriage certificate
  • For brothers and sisters:
    • Applicant’s birth certificate
    • Sibling’s birth certificate
  • For stepchildren:
    • Stepchild’s birth certificate
    • Marriage certificate (marriage of the applicant to the stepchild’s biological parent must take place before the stepchild’s 18th birthday)
  • For adoptive children:
    • Adoption decree (adoption should take place before the child’s 16th birthday)
    • Proof of physical and legal custody within or after 2 years of the adoption
English translation
  • If any supporting documents are in a foreign language, provide certified English translations
  • Attach the photocopy of the original document in foreign language

How to file Form I-914

To file Form I-914, applicants must take the following steps:

Step 1. Complete Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status:

  • Obtain the latest edition of Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, from the USCIS website
  • USCIS will reject any outdated editions of Form I-914
  • Fill out the form accurately and completely. Sign and date the form in ink
  • USCIS does not accept computer-generated or stamped signatures
  • Fill out and submit Form G-1145 to receive an electronic notification containing USCIS receipt number by text message or email

Step 2. Gather Supporting Documentation:

  • Collect all the necessary supporting documents (see the checklist above)
  • Unless directed otherwise, submit only photocopies of the documents

Step 3. Obtain Law Enforcement Certification:

  • Collect evidence demonstrating that you have complied with the request for assistance from law enforcement, or that you qualify for an exception or exemption due to physical or psychological trauma
  • You can either:

Step 4. Complete Form I-914 for eligible family members (if applicable):

Step 5. Submit the Application:

  • Mail the completed Form I-914, along with all supporting documentation and the law enforcement certification to USCIS
  • Check the correct filing address on the USCIS website (“Where to File”)
  • It’s recommended to mail the application via express mail with a tracking number
  • Make a copy of the completed application for your records

Step 6. Check Application Status:

  • USCIS will mail the receipt notice 2-3 weeks after the submission date
  • You can track the status of your application online by entering the receipt number 

Step 7. Attend Biometrics Appointment:

  • Once USCIS receives the application, the applicant may be scheduled for a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photograph and signature
  • Attending the biometrics appointment is mandatory. Failure to attend the appointment might result in denial of your application

Step 8. Wait for USCIS Processing:

  • USCIS will review the application and make a decision. If additional information is required, they may request it by issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE)
  • If approved, the applicant will receive a Notice of Approval and be granted T nonimmigrant status.
  • If denied, USCIS will provide reasons for the denial, and the applicant may have the opportunity to appeal the decision.

Form I-914, Supplement A, Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient

Form I-914, Supplement A, Application for Family Member of T-1 Recipient must be completed for each eligible family member of the applicant.

Proof of relationship must be submitted with the application.

Form I-914, Supplement A can be filed:

  • Together with Form I-914
  • While Form I-914 is pending, or
  • After Form I-914 is approved (submit Form I-914 approval notice).

Form I-914, Supplement B, Declaration of Law Enforcement Officer for Victim of Trafficking in Person

Form I-914, Supplement B, Declaration of Law Enforcement Officer for Victim of Trafficking in Person is completed and signed by the federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement officers.

Providing Form I-914, Supplement B is not required but highly recommended. 

If you are not able to provide Form I-914, Supplement B, you must submit other evidence demonstrating that you are a victim of severe trafficking.

Form I-914 filing address

Completed Form I-914 application along with supporting documents must be mailed to the following address:

Vermont Service Center

38 River Rd.

Essex Junction, VT 05479-0001

It’s recommended that you mail the application via express mail with a tracking number.

Make a photocopy of the completed application for your records.

Family members of Form I-914 applicant

Certain family members of the human trafficking victim are eligible to apply for T nonimmigrant status.

If the victim’s family members are in present danger of retaliation as a result of victim’s escape from trafficking or cooperation with law enforcement, the following family members can apply for T status:

  • Victim’s parents
  • Victim’s unmarried siblings under 18 years of age
  • The children of any age or marital status of the victim’s qualifying family members who have been granted derivative T nonimmigrant status

If the victim’s family members are not in present danger of retaliation, the following family members can apply for T status:

Victim’s age

Family members eligible to apply for T status

Under 21 years of age
  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under 21 
  • Parents
  • Unmarried siblings under 18 
21 years or older
  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under 21

Separate form I-914, Supplement A, must be filed for each eligible family member.

Form I-914, Supplement A can be filed:

  • Together with Form I-914
  • While Form I-914 is pending, or
  • After Form I-914 is approved (include copy of Form I-914 approval notice).

Form I-914 processing time

It can take about 17 months to process Form I-914 applications.

To check the most current processing times for Form I-914:

Keep in mind that processing times are general estimates, and individual cases may take less or more time to complete.

Additionally, USCIS may issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) during the processing of your application, which can add to the overall processing time. 

It’s crucial to respond promptly and thoroughly if you receive an RFE to avoid delays.

If your case is outside the normal processing time, you place an Outside Normal Processing Time e-Request or request assistance from your local congressman’s office.

Can a T visa lead to a green card?

Yes, holders of T nonimmigrant status may be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status (green card) if they meet the following requirements: 

  • Continuous Physical Presence: T visa holder may be eligible to apply for adjustment of status after:
    • Residing in the US in T nonimmigrant status for at least three years, OR
    • Period during the investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking, and the Attorney General has determined the investigation or prosecution is complete
  • Good Moral Character: To qualify for adjustment of status, T visa holders must maintain good moral character and provide supporting documentation
  • Cooperation with Law Enforcement: Applicants must provide evidence of compliance with requests for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of the trafficking crime(s)
  • Derivative T visa holders: Certain family members who were included in the principal applicant’s T visa application may also be eligible to apply for adjustment of status  after the principal applicant has met the continuous physical presence requirement provided above

How to apply for a green card as a T visa holder

  • To apply for adjustment of status, eligible T visa holders must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, along with supporting documentation and the appropriate fees
  • Submit photocopies of the following documents with your Form I-485 application:

Required evidence

Examples of acceptable documents

Completed Form I-485
  • Download the most recent edition of Form I-485 on the USCIS website
  • Answer all questions
  • Sign and date the form
  • Unsigned, undated or outdated editions of Form I-485 will be rejected by USCIS
Form I-485 filing fee
  • $1,225 (age 14–78)
  • $750 (under 14 and filing with the Form I-485 application of at least 1 parent)
  • $1,140 (under 14 and not filing with the Form I-485 application of at least one parent)
  • $1,140 (age 79 or older)

If you cannot pay the filing fee, see if you qualify for a fee waiver 

Sealed medical Form I-693
  • Sealed Form I-693 signed by civil surgeon
  • Do not open the sealed envelope
  • Complete the medical examination close to the Form I-485 filing date
Two passport-style photographs
  • Two recent color identical passport-style photographs of the applicant
  • Write the applicant’s name and A-number on the back of each photograph
Proof of T nonimmigrant status
  • Form I-914 approval notice
  • Copy of T visa 
  • Form I-94 showing your entry to the US in T status
Evidence of principal applicant’s continuous physical presence in the U.S. for 3 years
  • Copies of every page of passport or travel document
  • Employment records (employment contract, pay stubs, W-2/1099 forms)
  • Lease agreements
  • Rent payments
  • Utility bills
  • Educational records (school, college enrollment letters, transcripts, etc.)
  • Federal tax returns
  • U.S. bank statements
Evidence of good moral character (if over 14 years of age)
  • Applicant’s affidavit attesting to his/her good moral character
  • Local police clearance certificate
  • State-issued criminal background check from each locality or state in the US where the applicant have resided for 6 or more months while in T-1 status
  • Affidavits from credible individuals who can attest to applicant’s good moral character
Evidence of compliance with requests for assistance in the investigation or prosecution At least one of the following:

  • Evidence that you have complied with any reasonable request for assistance in the investigation or prosecution of trafficking crime(s):
    • Applicant’s affidavits describing how the applicant continued to comply with requests
    • Statement from a federal, state, or local law enforcement official describing how you complied with their requests
    • Re-signed and newly dated Form I-914, Supplement B
    • Trial transcripts
    • Court documents
    • Police reports
    • News articles
    • Explanation why the applicant is no longer assisting law enforcement:
      • The investigation is complete
      • You were not requested to assist
      • A request for assistance was unreasonable
  • Were under 18 years of age at the time of the victimization;
  • Would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if removed from the U.S.

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