Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Louisiana
Finding a Path to Legal Status for Young Immigrants
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) provides a path for noncitizen children—who have been neglected, abandoned, or abused by one or both of their parents—to gain lawful permanent residency. In most cases, the child entered the United States as a refugee, or the parent of the child has passed away. SIJS requires adjunction in state or juvenile court.
If you or a loved one is interested in obtaining SIJS in Louisiana, The Scott Law Firm, LLC can guide you through the legal process and help you fulfill your immigration goals. Our legal team can assess your case, file the necessary paperwork, and protect your rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
Call (225) 396-5262 today to request a consultation to learn more about our legal services.
Applying for SIJS
In order to be eligible for SIJS, the noncitizen minor needs to be younger than 21 years old, unmarried, and declared a dependent by a U.S. juvenile court of the county where the child resides. Additionally, reunification with one or both of the child’s parents is not possible due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect and it would not be in the child’s best interest to be returned to his/her home country to last place of residence.
Immigration law requires that an applicant files Form I-360 visa petition with supporting documents (e.g. birth certificate, medical exams, vaccination records, juvenile court order, etc.). He/she may file an application for lawful permanent residency concurrently with Form I-360 or after the former is approved.
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Our Louisiana juvenile immigration attorneys understand how complex these cases are. Any mistake on the petitions may either result in rejection or even deportation. That is why it is important to let our legal team help you obtain SIJS.
Contact us today to learn about your legal options.
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