CAST Free T-Visa Resources

New to the anti-trafficking field or T-Visas?  CAST has put together a robust and free list of resources for you to file effective T-Visas whether you are new or need to brush up on Ts.  Be sure to attend the e-learning courses and read the supplemental practice advisories! Also, as an additional bonus, when you watch one of our e-learning courses, you get access to our Box drive with hundreds of samples and practice advisories on comprehensive legal remedies for trafficking survivors from immigration to victims rights and restitution!

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COVID-19 Related Resources and Information

Resources for Advocates

  • USCIS Response to COVID-19
    • USCIS has made several announcements affecting the processing of pending immigration applications, including T visas. We recommend visiting the USCIS website routinely to get the latest information.
    • One of our partner organization, ASISTA, has released a practice advisory to assist legal advocates in light of COVID-19 related USCIS alerts. Click HERE to access advisory.
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2020 Freedom Network Virtual Conference Q&A for Advanced Immigration Panels

As part of the Advanced Immigration Panels for the 2020 Freedom Network Virtual Conference, the panelists prepared written responses to questions posed during the live presentation.

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Motion to Reconsider and Reopen (MTRs) for T visas

After your T-Visa has been denied, you have the option to request the field office that issued the unfavorable decision to re-evaluate the decision either based on a misapplication of law (Motion to reconsider) or new evidence (Motion to reopen).  Whether you file a motion to reopen or reconsider, both of these motions will go back to the Vermont Service Center to re-evaluate the decision. You will have 33 days to file Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, to request a motion to reopen and/or reconsider.

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Bona Fide Determination for T Visas - Is it even a thing?

The T Visa regulations allow for bona fide determination (BFD) of T visa application which would, in theory, allow for trafficking survivors to access work authorization and public benefits before the T visa is fully adjudicated.  See USCIS Memo - Recommendations from CIS Ombudsman's Office (May 22, 2009)

However, in practice, we have not seen bona fide determination readily given. 

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