Understanding Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a unique form of immigration relief available to certain foreign children in the United States who have been subject to state juvenile court intervention due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis under state law.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for SIJS, a child must meet the following criteria:

  • Age Limitation: The child must be under 21 years of age.
  • Court Order: The child must have a valid court order from a state court that declares that the child cannot be reunited with one or both parents due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar reason under state law.
  • Well-Being: It's not in the child’s best interest to return to their home country or last habitual residence.
  • Single Status: The child must be unmarried.
  • Residence: The child should be physically present in the U.S.

Benefits of SIJS

Once granted SIJS, a child becomes eligible to apply for lawful permanent residency (green card) in the United States. This is a vital stepping stone to eventually gaining full citizenship.

The SIJS Process

  • Juvenile Court Order: The first step involves obtaining a court order from a state juvenile court that determines the child's eligibility based on the criteria mentioned above.
  • Petition with USCIS: After obtaining the court order, the next step is to file an SIJS petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Application for Green Card: Once the SIJS petition is approved, the child can apply for lawful permanent residency.

Why Choose the Law Offices of Aaron Haas for SIJS?

When it comes to SIJS representation, the Law Offices of Aaron Haas stands out for its unparalleled blend of expertise, compassion, and commitment. Our team is adept at navigating the nuances of both state juvenile laws and federal immigration regulations, ensuring a comprehensive and informed approach to every case. Beyond our technical prowess, we deeply understand the sensitivity and gravity that SIJS cases hold. We believe that every child deserves a secure environment and a chance at a brighter future, and we dedicate ourselves to turning this belief into a reality for our clients. Entrusting your case with us means choosing a partner who will tirelessly work towards ensuring the safety and well-being of young individuals in the U.S. 

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Don’t navigate this complex process alone. With our expertise and dedication at your side, we can help secure a brighter, safer future for you or your loved ones. Contact the immigration attorneys at the Law Offices of Aaron Haas today for a consultation and let's begin this journey together.

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