SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS 

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS

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If you are in the United States and need the protection of a juvenilecourt because you have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent, you may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ)  classification.  If SIJ classification is granted, you may qualify for lawful permanent residency (also known as getting a Green Card)

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There Are Very Specific Requirements For A Child To Qualify For SIJS, And The Criteria Are:

 

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Law

1. The applicant must be under 21 years old;
2. He/she must be unmarried;
3. He/she must be declared dependent in a juvenile court. This means that the Family Court must take jurisdiction over a petition addressing the needs of the applicant;
4. Reunification with one or both of the child’s parents must no longer be a viable option due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or a similar basis under state law; AND
5. It is not in the best interests of the minor to return to his/her country of nationality or last habitual residence.

There are many benefits to obtaining Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. SIJS waives several types of inadmissibility that would otherwise prevent an immigrant from becoming a lawful permanent
resident (getting a green card). For example, SIJS waives unlawful entry, working without authorization, status as a public charge, and certain immigration violations. Once a minor receives SIJS, he/she will be able to adjust his/her status to that of a lawful permanent resident, obtain work authorization, and eventually apply for U.S. citizenship.