CAST Free T Visa Resources

New to the anti-trafficking field or T visas or just need to brush up? CAST has put together a robust and free list of resources for you to file effective T visa applications. Be sure to view our e-learning courses and review our practice advisories, as well! When you watch one of our e-learning courses and pass the accompanying self-assessment, you gain 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!




  • EMP Model includes a worksheet to develop the legal theory of your severe form of trafficking in persons analysis. 
  • 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. 


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


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