What Is a Humanitarian Visa?

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What Is a Humanitarian Visa?
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An applicant for a humanitarian visa seeks entrance into another country on an emergency basis such as a medical emergency, family reunification, danger or human rights violation. Different countries have varying requirements for entry.

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The United States offers various forms of humanitarian visas, including but are not limited to Humanitarian Parole, U-visas and T-visas.

Humanitarian Parole

The U.S. can grant a request for a temporary visa called a Humanitarian Parole for otherwise inadmissible individuals who urgently need to enter the country. Granting a Humanitarian Parole visa is rare and usually on an as-needed basis for the duration of the emergency. Situations may include medical emergency, family reunification or other urgent matter. Application and adjustment to permanent status is possible.

Crime-related Cases

The United States has a visa that protects individuals who suffered from crimes, were victims of crime or have information about crimes committed within the United States. The U-visa gives such a person temporary status for up to four years. Someone who may have information about a crime may help officials investigate or prosecute the crime. The United States issues no more than 10,000 U-visas annually, and application and adjustment to permanent status is possible.

Victims of Human Trafficking

T-visas allows victims of human trafficking within the U.S., territories or any port of entry, to remain in the country if removing them would severely harm them. Victims may also reasonably assist in the investigation or prosecution of the traffickers. Application and adjustment to permanent status is possible.

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