Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
When minor children who are not United States citizens, or lawful permanent residents, have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, they may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Eligibility for SIJS requires a court finding that the applicant meets fundamental criteria and that being reunified with one or both parents and returning to his or her native country are not viable options. In many cases, petitioning for SIJS is the most effective and efficient first step toward obtaining legal permanent residency — a green card — which will enable a young person to stay in the United States and ultimately work, attend college, or pursue other dreams and goals.
If you know a child who is not a U.S. citizen who has suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, call us at 678-324-8511 or click here to discuss the particulars of their case by scheduling an initial consultation. A child who has suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, does not deserve to be further traumatized by being deported and separated rom their home.