Protecting Our Clients’ Rights And Futures

What are humanitarian visas?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Immigration

Not every immigrant makes a planned exit from their homeland. Global crises unfold with alarming frequency, and the need for humanitarian assistance has never been more pressing. Many people are familiar with the concept of asylum. However, there are other avenues for relief under U.S. immigration law. 

The following types of applications can only be filed and adjudicated if you are physically present in the U.S.:

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS): TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to immigrants from certain countries caught in the middle of wars, environmental disasters or other extraordinary conditions that make it unsafe for them to return.
  • T visas: Victims of human trafficking may be eligible for a special visa if they have been forced into commercial sex or labor

Other types of humanitarian relief available under U.S. immigration law:

  • U-Visas: For people who are victims of certain crimes in the U.S. and are helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions:  For people who are married to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents who are victims of domestic violence by their spouse

Understanding your eligibility for humanitarian relief as an immigrant isn’t easy on your own, but legal assistance is available to understand what may be available.