T Visa Filing Basics

Where do I find out the basics of filing a T visa?

Important Update: The T Final Rule was released on April 30, 2024, updating regulations impacting T and T AOS applicants. These changes will be effective starting August 28, 2024. As a result, our resources may be temporarily out of date.

CAST is actively working on updating our trainings, advisories, and other materials to reflect the new regulations. We appreciate your patience during this transition period and encourage you to review the new regulations and our advisory, Overview of the 2024 T Visa Final Rulewhile we update our resources.

Thank you for your understanding.


The best places to start learning about T visas are as follows: 

  • The USCIS Policy Manual sections on T nonimmigrant status, Vol. 3, Part B, and on waivers for T applicants, Vol. 9, Part O (both first released in October 2021).
  • The T visa regulations are located at 8 CFR § 214.11. The regulations provide guidelines on the eligibility and evidentiary requirements.
  • The Preamble to the 2016 interim regulations, which provides useful background and context to help interpret the regulations.
  • The T visa statute, INA § 101(a)(15)(T), which lays out the statutory requirements.
  • The I-914 Instructions on USCIS's webpage. The instructions include some general information on the eligibility requirements and a list of initial evidence.

We also recommend reviewing our free T visa resources here: https://casttta.nationbuilder.com/t_visa_intro. On this page, you will find a complete list of our advisories, e-learning courses, and webinars.