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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status


Navigating the complexities of immigration law, particularly when it involves vulnerable populations such as children, requires specialized expertise and guidance. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) provides a pathway to lawful permanent residency for immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and are unable to reunify with their parents. Understanding and successfully obtaining SIJS status is crucial for these vulnerable children to secure protection and stability in the United States. Here's a comprehensive guide to the SIJS process and how KPB Immigration Law Firm can provide invaluable support.

Step 1: Eligibility Assessment:

The first step in the SIJS process is determining eligibility. To qualify for SIJS, children must meet certain criteria, including being under the age of 21, unmarried, and declared dependent on a juvenile court due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment by one or both parents. KPB Immigration Law Firm can assess your eligibility and provide guidance on the necessary steps to take.

Step 2: Dependency Order from Juvenile Court:

Obtaining a dependency order from a juvenile court is a critical aspect of the SIJS process. This order must find that it is not in the child's best interest to be reunited with one or both parents due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

Step 3: USCIS Petition (Form I-360):

After obtaining a dependency order, the next step is to file a petition for SIJS with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) using Form I-360. This petition establishes the child's eligibility for SIJS based on their dependency status and the findings of the juvenile court.

Step 4: Adjustment of Status (Form I-485):

Once the SIJS petition is approved, the child can apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residency (green card) by filing Form I-485. This form allows the child to obtain lawful permanent residency and live and work permanently in the United States

How KPB Immigration Law Firm Can Assist You:

Navigating the SIJS process requires specialized knowledge and expertise in both immigration law and juvenile court proceedings. KPB Immigration Law Firm has extensive experience representing immigrant children seeking SIJS status and can provide compassionate and knowledgeable guidance throughout the process. Our attorneys understand the unique challenges faced by immigrant children and are committed to advocating for their rights and best interests.