Law Enforcement Certification
Form I-914 includes a vital component known as the Law Enforcement Certification, necessary for individuals applying for T nonimmigrant status, which is designated for victims of human trafficking.
Purpose of Certification
The Law Enforcement Certification is integral to the application. It serves as evidence that the applicant is a victim of trafficking and is cooperating with law enforcement, or that they have complied with reasonable requests for assistance in an investigation or prosecution of acts of trafficking.
To obtain certification, an applicant must secure a declaration from a law enforcement official, judge, or other competent authority. This declaration, provided on Form I-914, Supplement B, must assert the individual’s role as a victim and their cooperation with legal efforts to investigate or prosecute trafficking offences.
Rights and Benefits for T Nonimmigrants
T Nonimmigrant Status provides certain protections and benefits to individuals who have been victims of severe forms of human trafficking. This section outlines the legal rights afforded to recipients of T Status and the eligibility for various benefits designed to aid their recovery and integration.
Legal Rights While Under T Status
Individuals holding T non-immigrant status possess the legal right to stay in the United States temporarily. During this period, they are authorized to work in the U.S., indicated by the eligibility to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Furthermore, they are shielded from being removed from the country and can apply for certain government programs and services designed to assist victims of human trafficking.
T Nonimmigrant Status recipients are entitled to the following benefits, aimed at facilitating their recovery and aiding their ability to rebuild their lives:
- Employment: Ability to obtain an EAD and engage in lawful employment in the U.S.
- Stay of Removal: Protection from deportation and eligibility to apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence after three years or upon completion of the investigation or prosecution.
- Federal and State Programs: Potential eligibility for various federal and state programs and services, such as refugee cash and medical assistance, English language training, and employment preparation.