Legal Information: Federal
Updated: September 18, 2019
How long does my T visa status last and what happens when it expires?
T visa status lasts for four years.1 You must leave the United States at the end of the four years unless:
- a law enforcement authority certifies that an extended stay is necessary for an ongoing investigation;
- you show “exceptional circumstances” justifying a longer stay; or
- you have applied to become a legal permanent resident (to get your “green card”).2
For more information, see Now that I have my T-visa, can I apply for permanent resident status?
1 8 C.F.R. § 214.11(c)(1)
2 8 C.F.R. § 214.11(l)
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