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What Is The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status?

The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status was founded in 1990 to protect vulnerable children under the age of 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. SIJS immigration is an option for young people to apply and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States.

The SIJS process can be complicated, but in most cases, it’s a proven and effective way for eligible children to obtain a Green Card. If you are seeking to apply for a special immigrant juvenile status, call now for a confidential consultation with Alice Antonovsky.

The applicant must be able to prove:

  • They are living in the United States.
  •  Have a juvenile court order issued by a state court and be a dependant of a state agency or department.
  • That is not in the best interest of the minor to go back to the country of origin and be reunited with either parent.
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3 Things You Need To Know About The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
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1 What Is SIJS?
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status is a program established back in 1990 for young immigrants under 21 years of age that have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment from their families back in their home country. If your case is approved, you will be able to apply for a US Green Card.
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2 You’ll need to:
Be living in the United States, have a valid juvenile court order issued by a state court and be a dependant of a state agency or department. You must also prove that you cannot be reunified with your parents, and that it is not in your best interest to go back to your country of origin.
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3 How To Apply?
You will have to file a I-360 form, which can be filled out by you or your guardian. You cannot be married or get married while the application is being processed, otherwise it will be denied. Once you qualify for SIJS, your parents will not be able to apply for a residence permit in the US through you as a sponsor.
SIJS STATS
  • In October of 2019, USCIS adapted multiple changes to the policy manual on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions.
  • The age to qualify for the SIJS process varies by state, and in some states juveniles are considered to be under the age of 18.
  • Under the Trump administration, approval of sij status petitions dropped by nearly 60 percent and denials increased more than 88 percent.
Source: Exclusive: For migrant youths claiming abuse, U.S. protection can be elusive | Reuters
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• Family-Based Immigration
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• Employment-Based Permanent Residency
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Benefits of the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • When an SIJS is approved, the minor is granted permanent resident status to live and work permanently in the United States, get access to financial aid for college, and freely travel outside of the United States.
  • There are public benefits the minor is entitled to and may apply for US citizenship five years after becoming a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
  • SIJ beneficiaries can remain in the United States legally and obtain the same benefits a permanent resident would. This includes lower education tuition fees than an international student and the right to work in the country.
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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status F.A.Q.
Who is eligible for a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status?

To be eligible for the SIJ status, the applicant must be:

  • Under 21 years old and not married.
  • Living within the United States.
  • Have a court order stating that the minor is either dependent on the court, in the custody of a state agency, or an individual or entity appointed by the court.
  • The petitioner cannot be reunified with his or her parents.
In what living conditions should an SIJS applicant be?
  • Within the welfare system.
  • In the custody of a federal agency due to their undocumented status.
  • Living with a foster family.
  • Living with a legal guardian.
  • Living with the non-abusive custodial parent.
Are there SIJS eligibility exceptions?

If the minor is adopted or placed in a permanent guardianship, or aged out of the juvenile court’s jurisdiction, they can be considered exceptions. This means the applicant can proceed without having to prove a court order under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

How To Apply for a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status?

You will have to file a I-360 form, which can be filled out by you or your guardian. You cannot be married or get married while the application is being processed, otherwise it will be denied. Once you qualify for SIJS, your parents will not be able to apply for a residence permit in the US through you as a sponsor. If you are ready to apply, or have any questions, call our office for a confidential consultation.

3 Things
You Need to Know about
THE SIJ STATUS
01
THE FORM I-360 CAN BE FILED BY EITHER THE CHILD OR GUARDIAN IN CUSTODY OF THE CHILD. If the child gets married before her I-360 is approved, the I-360 must be denied.

02
WHEN THE CHILD BECOMES A LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, her or his parents cannot receive lawful status through the child.

03
AS A POTENTIAL SIJ STATUS BENEFICIARY, THE CHILD DOES NOT NEED TO PROVE FINANCIAL RESOURCES

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