Does CAST have resources for legal practitioners new to T visas?

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 As a result, our resources may be temporarily out of date.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.

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CAST has put together a robust and free list of resources for attorneys and accredited representatives to file effective T visa applications. When you watch one of our e-learning courses and pass the accompanying self-assessment, you gain access to our Box drive with additional samples and practice advisories on legal remedies for trafficking survivors, including immigration, vacatur, victims rights, and credit repair.

These resources are intended for legal practitioners only.

FREE ONLINE COURSES

PRACTICE ADVISORIES

TOOLKITS

  • EMP Model includes a worksheet to develop the legal theory of your severe form of trafficking in persons analysis. 
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility in T Visa Cases includes a practice advisory, an annotated sample I-192 & I-601, and a video explainer to help legal practitioners approach inadmissibility in T and T adjustment cases.  
  • T Visa Declaration Rubric provides attorneys with a framework to help review declarations and assess where they may need to be strengthened. The goal of the rubric is to minimize instances where the declaration could be misinterpreted and result in a negative outcome for the T visa applicant. 
  • T Visa Samples and Templates 

REGULATIONS & POLICY GUIDANCE

In addition to all of CAST's free resources, be sure that you have read through the following:

ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE STANDARD

Lastly, whenever you are filing an initial T visa application, remember that the standard of evidence is "any credible evidence." 8 CFR § 214.11(d)(2)(ii). This does not mean to include all and every piece of evidence; rather, this generous standard indicates that VSC has the obligation to accept any relevant and credible evidence in recognition of the fact that trafficking survivors often do not possess evidence of their trafficking. Remember that in the initial T visa filing, less is often more. CAST practice is to only include the required evidence listed on this T visa checklist at the initial T visa phase. To learn more about the any credible evidence standard, review ASISTA's practice pointer, Ensure Your Evidence is Credible