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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Special Immigrant juvenile status is for undocumented immigrants under the age of 21, who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned by one of both parents. With the SIJS classification, the undocumented immigrants may qualify for a green card. This status is for children and some adults. It’s best to start the process of applying for special immigration juvenile status while the child is still a minor and under the age of 18.

The good thing about the Special Immigration Juvenile Status is that the juvenile doesn’t need to show any proof of financial support, and it doesn’t matter if they entered the United States legally or illegally. Because of this, the juvenile that is applying for their green card with this status can often get the green card fee waived.

To qualify for Special Immigration Juvenile Status, it must be proven by the court or family court within the state that child has in fact been abused, abandoned, or neglected and that it is not safe for the child to return to the care of their parent(s).

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SIJS Criteria

  • Must be under the age of 21
  • Must be unmarried
  • Applicant must be, in their residing state, be declared a dependant by family or juvenile court
  • It must be determined it’s unsafe to return home to their country of nationality
  • It must be determined that reunification with one or both of the parents of the juvenile not be in the best interest of the child and,

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At Molina Law, our goal is to ensure that you are treated fairly and with dignity.

Our compassionate staff will help you understand all of your options and provide you with honest, quality representation.

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1717 Centennial Blvd. Suite 12
Springfield, Oregon 97477

(541) 359-2021 (Oregon office)
(866) 607-4087 (toll free)
(866) 709-9503 (fax)

We Fight for What is Fair

At Molina Law, our goal is to ensure that you are treated fairly and with dignity.

Our compassionate staff will help you understand all of your options and provide you with honest, quality representation.

2017 member of american immigration lawyers association