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.
- 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.
• Family-Based Immigration
• Political Asylum
• National Interest Waiver Visa
• Family Reunification
• Special Programs and Treaties
• Employment-Based Permanent Residency
• Citizenship and Naturalization
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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