Humanitarian Visas

Humanitarian Visas


Individuals who find themselves in dangerous or extreme circumstances abroad may apply for a humanitarian visa to seek relief in the U.S. These types of visas are also known as “humanitarian parole,” and allow an individual to reside in the country on a temporary basis.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers these types of visas to aid non-citizens suffering from urgent threats like trafficking and domestic abuse, or those who have been victims of crime in the U.S. Humanitarian visas have very specific criteria that can be difficult to navigate.

If you are in need of a humanitarian visa, call our experienced and compassionate visa attorneys at: (919) 355-5134

Trafficking & T-Visas

Victims of human trafficking and their families may be eligible to apply for a T Visa. T nonimmigrant status grants legal status to victims who report the trafficking to law enforcement agencies and assist in investigating as needed. T Visas provide work authorization and temporary status for up to four years to survivors and eligible family members. At the end of that period, they can apply for lawful permanent residence.

Abuse & VAWA

If you are suffering abuse (physical, financial, emotional, and/or psychological) at the hands of a family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may file an immigration visa petition to seek relief. Spouses, children, and parents who are victims of domestic violence may be eligible for a humanitarian visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

To file for the visa while overseas, at least one of the following circumstances must apply:

  • The abuser is an employee of the U.S. government, or,

  • The abuser is a member of the uniformed services; or,

  • You were subjected to battery or extreme cruelty in the United States.

U Visas

If you or your minor child were the victim of a serious crime that took place in the U.S. or violated U.S. laws, you and your family may apply for a U Visa to seek temporary legal residence in the country. The main requirement for applying for temporary status under a U Visa is that you report the crime to U.S. law enforcement and cooperate with an investigation as needed. U visas provide work authorization and temporary status for up to four years to survivors and eligible family members At the end of that period, they can apply for lawful permanent residence.

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Case Results

Results That Speak for Themselves
  • Approved Green Card AC21 Portability at the I-485 Interview

    We worked with her and her new employer to finalize her employment, prepare the I-485 Supplement J and gather the documentation to present at her interview under AC21 to allow her to port her I-140 and green card application.

  • Approved for Adjustment of Status Family Member Adjustment of Status Granted

    Our client wanted to apply for adjustment of status via the 245i form, based on her sister’s US Citizenship that was granted many years prior to our case.

  • Secured Their Green Cards H2B to LPR

    After successfully getting Form 9089 certified by the Dept of Labor for supervisory positions with the company, we were able to reach out to the employees and work with the company to submit an I-140/I-485 petition which was successfully approved.

  • Waiver Approved I-601A Waiver

    Waver was pending for almost one year, but it was approved and we are currently working on consular processing.

  • Received Certificate of Citizenship N-600

    This LPR client came to us worried about naturalizing because she had a bad criminal record and her naturalization application would probably be denied. After a thorough review of her family history, we realized she was already a US citizen through the Child Citizenship Act.

  • Secure a New P1 Visa for 3 Years P1 Visa

    We were able to work with his new manager to put together the needed information about their business, required licenses, and his ability to secure a new P1 visa for 3 years.

  • Released from ICE / Pending Work Permit Removal (Bond Motion)

    Immigrant had a prior order of removal from over 10 years ago. He was detained by ICE again and his US citizen wife hired us to try to get him out. We filed a Motion To Reopen his In Absentia Order with the immigration court in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Green Card was Granted Same-Sex, Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status

    The petition did not have any red flags but the USCIS officer interviewed them separately (Stokes Interview) and asked incredibly specific and detailed questions about their finances, work history, and friends and family.

  • Filed for I-918 U-Visa Petition U Visa Certification

    Re-submitted the request, along with the USCIS regulations noting that she had met the requirements in having provided assistance as well as her state of mind following the incident.

  • Renew Existing I-765 While Pending VAWA & I-48 VAWA

    We submitted her application, received a prima facie determination, and asked for her marriage-based I-485 to be held in abeyance until the I-360 VAWA petition could be approved.

The Right Attorneys

May Make All the Difference in the Outcome of Your Case
  • High Quality Legal Representation

    As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina State Bar, Attorney Gardner has a reputation for professionalism and elite representation.

  • Your Success Is Our Priority

    Hiring a knowledgeable and passionate immigration attorney to represent your interests is one of the most important steps you can take. When you come to us, we will take a personal interest in your case because we genuinely care about your success.

  • Hablamos Español

    Lead Attorney Gardner is a world traveler who speaks fluent Spanish; the entire Gardner Gordon support team is fluent in Spanish as well.  Our attorney will personally handle each legal aspect of your case.  We will help you obtain the sense of ease and peace of mind you deserve during this trying and difficult time.

  • We Educate Clients

    We will review your case, inform you of your rights, and guide you in the path that best suits your needs. We will fully equip you to make informed decisions every step of the way. We will offer you the zealous advocacy and compassionate support you deserve.