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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Louisiana

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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.

Unsure you qualify for an SIJS? Contact our firm today at (225) 224-0510.

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.

Contact our firm at (225) 224-0510 and schedule your free case evaluation today!

Why Hire Us?

These Are a Few Accomplishments That Set Us Apart From Other Firms
  • We are admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and municipal courts

  • We are admitted to practice in all immigration courts nationwide

  • We provide services in Spanish, Portuguese and English

  • We hold memberships in AILA and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers