Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Louisiana
Our Baton Rouge Immigration Attorneys Can Help
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, also known as SIJS, is a federal law
that aids undocumented minors in the state juvenile system in obtaining
legal immigration status. A person who has been declared a dependent,
has been committed to the custody agencies without a viable reunification
with his or her parents, or is unable to return to their country of nationality
due to it not being in the child’s best interest, may be able to
obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Due to the complex nature of
these types of cases, SIJS requires adjunction in two different legal
areas – state court and federal government. Our
Baton Rouge immigrations lawyers at Scott Law Firm, LLC, can help you obtain an SIJS.
Eligibility requirements for SIJS include:
1. That the child is under 21 years old and unmarried;
2. That the child has been declared dependent on a juvenile or state court
located in the United States or whom such a court has legally committed
to, or placed under the custody of, an agency or department of a State,
or an individual or entity appointed by a State or juvenile court located
in the United States
3. That the reunification with one or both of the child's parents is
not viable due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis found
under the state law;
4. That it would not be in the child’s best interest to be returned
to the country of nationality or last habitual residence of the child
or of his or her parents.
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How to Apply for SIJS
In order to obtain SIJS you must pursue it within both state courts and
the federal government. SIJS requires adjudication in both juvenile/state
court and a separate adjudication by the federal government.
After determining that the child is eligible for SIJS in the state court
where he or she lives, you may be able to obtain state court predicate
order. Once in possession of the state court order, you can begin to prepare
the petition for SIJS to be filed with USCIS Filling. Depending on whether
or not the child is in immigration proceedings, you may be required to
fill out different forms.
Along with these different forms, you may be required to include:
- Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative
- Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination
- Order from Juvenile/State Court containing SIJS findings
- Birth certificate of applicant with translation (or other documentation
proving age of the applicant)
- Biographic Information
- Request for Fee Waiver
After the appropriate forms and evidence is turned in, you may proceed
with adjustment of status in immigration court.
About Scott Law Firm, LLC
At our firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights
and achieve the American dream. When you are fighting to stay in this
country, you want to be sure that your case is in the right hands. Our
Baton Rouge immigration attorneys are 100% dedicated to our clients and
put their best interests first. We take pride in treating each case with
the compassion and individualized attention it deserves.
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