Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

An immigrant juvenile who 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 order is obtained, then an application can be made to USCIS, and depending on the history of the juvenile, an application can be filed either simultaneously or subsequently for adjustment to become a legal permanent resident.

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