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SIJS-Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas

In 1990, the U.S. Congress enacted a federal law to help undocumented children who qualify for permanent residency by a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). In 2008, the legal definition of Sikhs was clarified and expanded under new reauthorized legislation.

SIJS helps certain undocumented children in the state’s juvenile system become permanent residents. Children in the adoption or guardianship process who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected may obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and based on that, apply for permanent residency.

How can I apply for Special Immigrant Youth (SIJ) status?

Once you get the order from a state juvenile court with the necessary statements, you can apply for SIJ status with federal immigration authorities. Form I – 360 must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Qualifying requirements for Sikh applicants:

Benefits of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Special Immigrant Juvenile status may be a good option for children who are experiencing dangerous situations of abuse or neglect in their home countries. Special Immigrant Juvenile status may also be an option for a child who has been abandoned by a parent, especially if there was domestic violence or abuse prior to that parent’s departure.

If you or someone you appreciate thinks you may qualify for special juvenile immigrant status or some other immigration benefit you can call (213) 309-9123 to make an appointment with one of our immigration attorneys.

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