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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a form of immigration relief that provides qualifying minors with a pathway to legal permanent residence and United States citizenship. There are several requirements that must be satisfied before a child is eligible for this form of immigration relief. First, the individual must be less that either 18 years old or 21 years old. Second, reunification of the child with one or both of his/her parents is not viable due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. Lastly, it is not in the child’s best interest to return to his/her country of origin. These cases are essentially a two-step process because they begin in the Superior Court of the county in which the child resides. There, the County Superior Court will make “Special Immigrant Juvenile Findings”. Then, the child may apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). When an approved SIJS application is received from USCIS, and a visa becomes available for the child, then the child becomes eligible to apply for adjustment of status in order to obtain legal permanent residence. After holding this legal permanent residence for between three and five years, the child may naturalize in order to become a U.S. Citizen.

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Individuals who have been victims of certain qualifying crimes, suffered physical or mental harm as a result of that crime and assists law enforcement in the apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrator of that crime may be eligible for this form of immigration relief. Individuals who are eligible for this form of immigration relief may also be able to obtain derivative relief for their family members, including their spouse, child, parent or sibling.

The qualifying crimes include the following:

• Abduction
• Abusive Sexual Contact
• Being Held Hostage
• Blackmail
• Domestic Violence
• Extortion
• False Imprisonment
• Felonious Assault
• Female Genital Mutilation
• Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
• Incest
• Involuntary Servitude
• Kidnapping
• Manslaughter
• Murder
• Obstruction of Justice

• Peonage
• Perjury
• Prostitution
• Rape
• Sexual Assault
• Sexual Exploitation
• Slave Trade
• Stalking
• Torture
• Trafficking
• Unlawful Criminal Restraint
• Witness Tampering
• Attempts to Commit Any of the Above Crimes
• Conspiracy to Commit Any of the Above Crimes
• Solicitation to Commit Any of the Above Crimes

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