Highlights of July 2022 USCIS Webinar Discussing T Visas

Update on Biometrics Abroad & USCIS Filing Tips

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Highlights of Recent USCIS Engagements on T Visas

CAST participated in two March 2022 engagements[1] with USCIS where representatives from the USCIS Office of Policy & Strategy (OPS), Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS), the Vermont Service Center (VSC), and the Public Engagement Division discussed issues relating to T visas and other humanitarian remedies. Key take-aways for T visa practitioners are as follows:

 

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Highlights of USCIS's January 2022 Webinar, "Immigration Options and Resources for Victims of Trafficking"

On January 27, 2022, USCIS’s Public Engagement division held a webinar entitled Immigration Options and Resources for Victims of Trafficking with representatives from the USCIS Office of Policy & Strategy (OPS), the Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS), and the Ombudsman. A copy of the webinar presentation is available in USCIS’s Electronic Reading Room, along with answers to pre-submitted questions

Main take-aways for T visa practitioners are as follows:

 

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2021 T nonimmigrant (I-914) AAO decisions

CAST conducted a wrap-up of 2021 T nonimmigrant (I-914) AAO decisions that have been uploaded to AAO’s non-precedent decision repository as of December 29, 2021.

(Note: New cases are uploaded daily/weekly on the USCIS website, so this data may not be complete for AAO appellate adjudications in 2021 as of date of this posting.)

You can view the 2021 decisions, along with prior AAO decisions, via CAST’s Airtable.

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USCIS Issues First Ever T Visa Policy Manual Sections

On October 20, 2021, USCIS released the T visa section (Volume 3, Part B) of the Policy Manual, as well as Volume 9, Part O for Waivers of Inadmissibility. CAST and ASISTA collaborated to produce an advisory discussing notable highlights from the Policy Manual (hereinafter “the Manual”) for practitioners representing survivors of trafficking in their immigration matters. The advisory serves as a brief update of the changes and useful guidance now available in the new sections; it does not, however, provide a comprehensive analysis of the changes and does not replace a thorough reading of the Manual, regulations, and relevant statutes.

 

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