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OSHA to aid in U and T Visas to protect the rights of Immigrant Workers

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

Undocumented workers can apply for a U or T visa if they have been victims of a variety of labor abuses or human trafficking. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inaugurated a new authority where worker advocates, unions, and labor organizations managed to materialize one of the greatest supports for workers in the US, where it promulgates that every worker in the country must have job security by law as a fundamental right that allows them to feel safe.

For years, labor pressure and exploitation have created uncertainty among thousands of workers, particularly immigrant workers and indigenous peoples who tend to be more vulnerable to these abuses.

For this reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, with the purpose of helping all workers in the country, has committed to allowing the issuance of certifications in U and T visas as non-immigrant status for those cases where trafficking or other criminal activities such as cases of involuntary manslaughter, blackmail, extortion, manipulation, criminal assault, among others.

In collaboration with this support program, both the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and USCIS will provide certification forms and determine the qualification of applicants.

At Mundo Legal we want to motivate every worker to use their individual and collective voice. Every worker should feel safe to seek support. Contact our office with confidence and we can provide a free consultation to determine if you may be eligible for a U visa or T visa due to labor abuses or related crimes.

Similarly, if you want to know more about how to recognize human trafficking and labor exploitation, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. To report concerns or ask a question about safety or health in the workplace, call OSHA at 800-321-6742 or seek more information about these certifications and the OSHA program, at this link.

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