Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
When minor children who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment, they may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). In many cases, petitioning for SIJS is the most effective and efficient first step toward obtaining legal permanent residency — a green card — which will enable a young person to stay in the U.S. and ultimately work, attend college or pursue other goals.
SIJS was established in 1990, but the applicable laws, eligibility requirements and processes have undergone substantial changes in recent years. Dedicated immigration attorneys at Bikkal & Associates, P.C., based in White Plains, New York, have in-depth knowledge of current procedures for obtaining SIJS and for pursuing alternatives such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Turn To Proven Advocates For Immigrant Children And Families
Our lawyers are highly regarded by many judges, social workers and others who come into contact with undocumented children and are concerned about their welfare. We receive many referrals on complex immigration matters, and we also welcome inquiries from responsible, nonabusive parents and potential court-appointed guardians.
It is important to know that:
- Eligibility for SIJS requires a state court finding that the applicant meets fundamental criteria, and that being reunified with one or both parents and returning to his or her native country are not viable options.
- We are adept at assessing such court orders and building the strongest possible cases to satisfy the standards of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government entities involved.
Contact Us For Focused, Current And Reliable Legal Guidance
If you have questions about SIJS, Deferred Action or other paths to legal residency that will benefit a child, we are here to help. Our knowledge and experience covers U.S. immigration matters at all levels of complexity, and we strive for the most positive outcomes achievable through timely, detail-focused legal advocacy. To consult a compassionate, experienced lawyer who will prioritize your case, call 914-683-5300 or contact us online now.