T Visa Frequently Asked Questions

What is the T visa, and who is eligible for it?

The T visa is designed for victims of human trafficking who are in the United States and have been subjected to severe forms of trafficking in persons, such as forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Eligibility criteria include cooperation with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.

How can I apply for a T visa?

To apply for a T visa, you must complete and submit Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The application process includes providing supporting documents and evidence of your eligibility.

Can T visa holders work in the United States?

Yes, T visa holders are eligible to work in the United States. They can apply for work authorization by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with USCIS.

How long is the T visa valid for?

T visas are initially valid for four years. However, extensions are possible if the law enforcement agency certifies that your continued presence in the United States is necessary for ongoing law enforcement purposes.

Can family members of T visa holders come to the United States?

Yes, certain family members of T visa holders, including spouses, children, and, in some cases, parents and unmarried siblings under 18, may be eligible for derivative T visas (T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5) if they meet the eligibility criteria and the principal T visa holder is approved.

Is there a cap on the number of T visas issued each year?

There is a statutory cap on the number of T visas that can be issued each fiscal year. However, this cap can be waived in cases where it is reached.

Can T visa holders apply for U.S. permanent residency (a green card)?

T visa holders may be eligible to apply for U.S. permanent residency (a green card) after meeting certain eligibility requirements, such as having been physically present in the United States for a specific period and continuing to cooperate with law enforcement. This process is known as adjustment of status.

Can T visa holders apply for other non-immigrant visas while in the United States?

T visa holders may be eligible to apply for other non-immigrant visas under specific circumstances, such as changing their immigration status to another visa category that suits their objectives. Consult with your immigration attorney for guidance.
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Dana T. Davidson holds degrees from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and State University of New York at Stony Brook and has been practicing immigration law since 2003 in New York and nationwide. She represents corporations, individuals, and families in a broad range of immigration matters. Attorney Davidson has offices in New York City and Glen Cove.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, New York
  • Juris Doctor – 1988
  • Honors: Moot Court Board, Member, Judge
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York
  • Bachelor of Arts – 1982
  • Major: Political Science
  • Concentration: Business

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Safe Passage Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2013-Present
  • Educating the Educators, Founder, 2012-Present
  • Momentum Project, Board Member, 1991-1994 Bar Admission
  • New York, Eastern District
  • New York, Southern District
  • Washington, D.C.

Speaking Engagements
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2018, Berlin, Germany, Speaker on “Public Charge” panel
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Conference 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa, Speaker: “Practice Management in the New Age” panel
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2018, Madrid, Spain, Speaker: “El Traje de Luces: Self-Sponsored Petitions – EB-1A and NIW”  AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2017, Brussels, Belgium, Speaker: “Continuing Blanket L Challenges”
  • Safe Passage Project, March 2017, Speaker: “Representing Unaccompanied Minors: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Effects of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration”
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Conference 2016, Speaker: “It’s Not About Money: I-864”
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, Speaker: “K-Visa: Differences Between K-1 and I-130 Processing”
  • New York Institute of Technology’s Center for Entrepreneurship, January 2016, Entrepreneur/Executive-in-Residence
  • AILA Fall Conference 2015, London, UK, Speaker: Impact of joint sponsors on family-based cases
  • Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Business Education Program, October 2014, “What is required to grow a business?”
  • Dowling College, May 2013, Keynote Speaker at the first annual Latino Summit at Dowling College
  • International Taxation Conference, 2010