Eligible T3 children have at least one parent who holds a T1 visa. The T1 visa is a special kind of U.S. visa that is available to victims of human trafficking. It is related to the T2 visa, which can be held by the spouse of a T1 holder.
The first step to securing a T3 for your children is approval of your T1.
Understanding the Relationship Between the T1 and T3
A T1 is granted to a victim of human trafficking who wishes to stay in the United States as part of the process of prosecuting human trafficking offenses. It is a non-immigrant visa that is granted to people who would suffer extreme hardship if they were required to leave the country.
The holder of the T1 is permitted to apply for a T3 or other so-called “derivative” visas for family members, including spouse and children if the T1 holder is over the age of 21.
If the T1 holder is under 21, he or she may apply on behalf of spouse, children, parents, and unmarried siblings. Regardless of age, the T1 applicant must be physically present in the United States as the result of human trafficking. Embassies and consulates abroad do not issue the T1.
The T “Derivative” Visa Process
It is expected that, in most cases, people applying for a T3 will have family members who are still living abroad. Relatives living abroad, including children, will need to appear at a consular office in the country of origin to be interviewed by an agent of the State Department.
Interviews are typically waived for those 13 and younger or 80 and older.
Wait times can vary significantly and there is a non-refundable application fee due before the interview takes place. To accelerate the process, it is important to make sure there are no issues with your initial T1 application.
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T-series visas are designed to be simpler than some other visa types because they are intended for the victims of some of the most heinous crimes imaginable. Still, expertise from a trusted Los Angeles immigration attorney can make the process easier in a difficult time.
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