Human trafficking is a horrifying global issue affecting millions of innocent people, stripping them of their freedom and dignity. Fortunately, for victims of human trafficking residing in the United States, there exists an essential lifeline through the T Visa. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the T Visa, its application process, and the crucial role psychological evaluations play in supporting trafficking victims during their pursuit of legal residency.

Established as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, the T Visa aims to provide victims of human trafficking with temporary legal residency, work authorization, and access to public benefits for up to four years. Given the physical and emotional toll experienced by victims of human trafficking, the T Visa seeks to offer means for these individuals to regain control over their lives, heal from their trauma, and begin building a stable future in the United States. Understanding the application process is vital to securing a T Visa, and seeking the assistance of experienced professionals, such as Claudia Ribas, LCSW, with 30 years of experience in writing psychological reports for immigrants and providing psychotherapy, can greatly enhance your chances of success.

In addition to meeting specific eligibility criteria, T Visa applicants must also provide evidence supporting their claims, which often includes a psychological evaluation conducted by a licensed professional like Claudia Ribas, LCSW. A detailed, well-prepared psychological evaluation is invaluable in substantiating the applicant’s emotional and psychological trauma inflicted by their traffickers. This evaluation not only bolsters the T Visa application but also offers crucial insights for the applicant’s healing journey.

In this guide, we aim to provide valuable information for victims of human trafficking seeking a T Visa. Reach out to Claudia Ribas, LCSW, for compassionate support, guidance, and expertly prepared psychological evaluations necessary to navigate the application process and embark on the path to recovery.

T Visa Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the T Visa, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Victim of Human Trafficking: The individual must demonstrate that they are a victim of severe forms of human trafficking, such as sex trafficking or forced labor.
  2. Presence in the United States: Applicants must be in the U.S., American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or at a U.S. port of entry due to trafficking.
  3. Assistance in the Investigation or Prosecution: The applicant must be willing to cooperate with law enforcement’s reasonable requests for assistance in investigating or prosecuting the trafficking, unless they are under 18 years old or cannot cooperate due to physical or psychological trauma.
  4. Risk of Suffering Extreme Hardship: The T Visa applicant must show that they would face extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if removed from the United States.

Understanding the T Visa Application Process

Applying for a T Visa involves various steps and can be a complex process, which underscores the importance of understanding each phase:

  1. File Form I-914: Applicants must submit Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, along with the required supporting documents.
  2. Provide Evidence of Trafficking: Applicants should include evidence to show they are victims of a severe form of human trafficking, such as witness statements, law enforcement records, or court documents.
  3. Obtain a Law Enforcement Declaration: Although not mandatory, providing a signed declaration from a law enforcement agency (Form I-914, Supplement B) can be beneficial in demonstrating cooperation with law enforcement officials in investigating or prosecuting the traffickers.
  4. Submit Supporting Documentation: Applicants should gather and submit additional documentation that supports their eligibility for the T Visa, such as evidence of the extreme hardship they would face if removed from the United States.

The Role of Psychological Evaluations in T Visa Applications

Psychological evaluations conducted by licensed professionals like Claudia Ribas, LCSW, are a crucial aspect of the T Visa application process. These evaluations provide a comprehensive and detailed account of the emotional and psychological trauma experienced by the trafficking victim. A well-prepared psychological evaluation should address the following key areas:

  1. The applicant’s experiences of trafficking and the traumas they have endured.
  2. The mental and emotional impact of the trafficking on the applicant, including any symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression.
  3. The potential risks and consequences that the victim would face if removed from the United States.

By offering a detailed, expertly prepared psychological evaluation, applicants can strengthen their T Visa application and provide compelling evidence of their eligibility for temporary legal residency.

Working with an Experienced Professional for T Visa Applications

Given the complexity and sensitive nature of T Visa applications, it is essential to seek assistance from compassionate and experienced professionals like Claudia Ribas, LCSW. With 30 years of experience in writing psychological reports for immigrants and providing psychotherapy, she can expertly guide victims of human trafficking through the T Visa application process, ensuring they receive the support they need for a successful outcome.


For victims of human trafficking, the T Visa provides a path to temporary legal residency in the United States, offering a chance to heal, rebuild, and establish a stable future. Understanding the eligibility criteria, navigating the application process, and preparing a well-structured psychological evaluation are all critical steps toward successfully obtaining a T Visa.

If you or a loved one is a victim of human trafficking and requires assistance with a T Visa application or a comprehensive psychological evaluation, reach out to Claudia Ribas, LCSW, for guidance, support, and expertise throughout the entire process. Together, you can build a strong T Visa application and work towards a brighter and safer future.