Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Petitions And Relief

At Schwartz Posel Immigration Law Group, our immigration attorneys know and understand that the immigration laws are constantly changing. With over 100 years of combined experience, they have the knowledge and experience to stay abreast of these changes and adapt their legal strategies as needed to take advantage of the most current immigration opportunities allowed by law. Our humanitarian relief attorney, Rachel Binstock, is dedicated to helping child victims of violence in Georgia or New York apply for immigration status and Green Cards under any available options. These include the use of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions for undocumented immigrants under the age of 21.

What Is Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)?

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a classification that is only available to undocumented immigrants who are under the age of 21. It was established to protect immigrant children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their parent or parents. An immigrant classified under SIJS, is eligible to obtain a United States Green Card.

Eligibility For Classification As A Special Immigrant Juvenile

In order to be eligible for classification as a Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be under the age of 21 years old
  • Not married
  • Reunification with one or both parents is not an option due to abuse, neglect and/or abandonment
  • It can be established that it is not in the best interests of the minor to return to their country of origin, nationality or last residence

In addition, the child must be under the protection and jurisdiction of juvenile court because of that abuse, neglect or abandonment. The child’s application for SIJS remains under the guardianship and oversight of the family law court as a ward of the state. Or the family court may also appoint a legal guardian or grant custody to a state agency or a family member. Please note that the age-out age depends on the state of residency.

Immigrant children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned may be eligible for special classifications under humanitarian immigration relief laws like SIJS. Our immigration lawyers can help eligible children apply for Green Card status and lawful permanent residency.

Call Today For Assistance With SIJS

Our immigration attorneys can help you better understand the ever-changing immigration laws. If you have questions and need assistance with SIJS, don’t wait. Call us today at 770-951-1113 or send an email through our online form to schedule your initial consultation.