Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

An immigrant juvenile in the United States who needs protection from juvenile court because he or she has been abused, abandoned, or neglected may be eligible for lawful permanent resident status after obtaining classification as Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ). Before an application can be submitted to USCIS for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a state court must issue an order making specific findings of fact. Once the state court order is obtained, the SIJS petition can be filed with USCIS. If approved, the SIJS recipient can receive work authorization and, eventually, the possibility of legal permanent residency.

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