If you need the protection of a juvenile court because you have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent, you may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). If this classification is granted, you may qualify for lawful permanent residency. A recent ruling expands eligibility for those 18 years and older who may have been denied in the past.
You may have previously applied for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status if:
In March 2019, a federal judge in NY found that the U.S. government (USCIS) incorrectly denied applications of SIJS eligible youth over the age of 18 in NY.
If you filed a SIJS application over the age of 18 and since January 2016 and any of the following happened you should consult with an immigration attorney immediately:
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Last Updated: 1 December 2020
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