Special Juvenile Immigrant Status

Overview from USCIS

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status is an immigration classification for certain foreign children present in the United States who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent. Children may be eligible if they are the subject of a juvenile court order that makes certain findings regarding:
• Their court-ordered custody, placement or dependency;
• The non-viability of parental reunification; and
• The best interests of the child. SIJ classification allows these individuals to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (also known as getting a Green Card). Children eligible for SIJ classification may include those who are:
• In a state’s child welfare system;
• Currently (or were previously) in federal custody due to their undocumented status; or
• Living with a foster family, an appointed guardian or the non-abusive custodial parent.

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